EU 'confident' Russia will supply gas to Europe

A top European Union official said he is confident Russia would continue to supply gas to western companies despite the country's current gas row with Ukraine.

A gas compressor station near the border between Ukraine and Poland. Credit: Reuters

The EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger urged Russia and Ukraine to try to find a compromise following the latest round of negotiations that ended without a deal.

Gazprom said it reduced supplies to Ukraine following the failed talks.

Read: Deadline passes as Russia threatens to cut off Ukraine gas

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Ukraine's president extends truce for the east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has extended a week-long ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east for another three days.