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REUTERS. Slovakia is ramping up natural gas imports from Germany through the Czech Republic to preserve stockpiles as a buffer against potential disruption to Russian supplies, raising Slovakian prices above those at rival European hubs.
There was a sharp rise in Slovakia's gas imports from central Europe on Monday just as Ukraine declared it had not paid debts owed to Russia, escalating fears of a cut-off in supplies to Europe via Ukraine.
Withdrawals from Slovakian storage sites slowed last week and ceased entirely over the weekend, data from Gas Storage Europe showed, as tensions between Russia and Ukraine grew.
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