Russia Blames Turbine Issues Local Shortages In France Gas Supply...

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June 17 (Reuters) - A deficit of gas on the European market along with gas turbine maintenance on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany could be behind a halt in Russian gas supplies to France, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.

Gas flows to France from Germany have been at a halt since June 15, France's pipeline operator GRTgaz said on Friday, كورة ستار لايف citing the effects of reduced Russian deliveries.

Asked by a reporter why gas supplies to France had stopped, Novak told a forum on Friday that a gas deficit on the European gas market and the Nord Stream 1 maintenance issues were likely to blame.

(Reporting by Reuters Editing by Mark Potter)