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Russia ready to disengage liquefied gas for Japan: Putin

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Moscow, March 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is ready to increase its gas deliveries to Europe by six billion cubic metres for 100 days to disengage volumes of liquefied gas for quake-stricken Japan.

“Right now, Gazprom is ready to increase the gas deliveries to Europe by 60 million cubic meters per day, which corresponds to about 40 tonnes of liquefied gas. The liquefied gas disengaged by the move will be sent to Japan,” Putin said at an energy meeting in Russia’s Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city Saturday.

“Only actions coordinated with our European action would allow the move,” he added.

A powerful earthquake and ensuing tsunami, which hit Japan March 11, has caused a huge devastation.

According to media reports, 7,320 people have been killed in the tsunami and earthquake. At least 11,370 people were still unaccounted for. Hundreds of thousands are still living in makeshift shelters and camps.

A fresh tremour measuring 6.1 jolted eastern Japan Saturday.

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