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Russian gas flows to Europe rise slightly
LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) - Russian gas deliveries to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline across the Baltic Sea rose slightly on Thursday, while the Yamal-Europe pipeline continued to flow eastwards from Germany into Poland.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia will seek payment in roubles for gas sold to "unfriendly" countries, raising concerns the move would exacerbate the region's energy crunch.
Flows to Germany through Nord Stream 1 stood at 67,690,040 kilowatt hours per hour (kWh/h) by 0733 GMT, up slightly 65,258,213 kWh/h at midnight, the Nord Stream website showed.
Yamal eastbound flows stood at 1,776,236 kWh/h at the Mallnow Germany-Poland border point, up from 951,458 kWh/h at midnight, data from operator Gascade showed.
The usually westbound pipeline again reversed on March 15 as nominations to ship gas into Germany fell to zero, while Polish customers bought gas from Germany.
Russian energy giant Gazprom on Thursday said that it was continuing to supply natural gas to Europe via Ukraine in line with requests from European consumers.
It said nominations - or requests for gas - stood at 104 million cubic metres for March 24, kora live down from 106.5 million cubic metres the previous day.
Nominations for flows into Slovakia from Ukraine via the Velke Kapusany border point stood at 834,518 megawatt hours (MWh) per day, down from 850,448 on Wednesday, data from Slovakian operator TSO Eustream showed.
(Reporting by Marwa Rashad; editing by and Jason Neely)
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