MOSCOW, May 19 (Reuters) - Russian gas giant Gazprom
decreased its supplies to major clients Germany and
Turkey in March, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday,
citing Russian customs data.
Natural gas pipeline exports by Gazprom, which account for
around 35% of the European gas market, plummeted by almost
one-fifth in the first quarter against the backdrop of weak
demand, a source familiar with the data told Reuters last week.
Turkey reduced imports from Gazprom by sevenfold
year-on-year to a symbolic 206 million cubic metres in March,
Supplies to Germany fell by 45% year-on-year to 2.67 billion
cubic metres in March, the news agency added.
Gazprom's March exports to Austria and Belarus were also
down - by 25% and 8%, respectively, while supplies to Italy and
Hungary rose by 19%, Interfax said.
The state-controlled gas company has said it expects its
natural gas exports to decline by around 16% in 2020 as the
coronavirus crisis hit global demand.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt and Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by