The European Commission approved the purchase of a 49-percent stake in the Slovak company SPP by the Russian gas monopolist Gazprom, Ruhrgas and Gaz de France, a source in Gazprom reported to RBC.
The deal worth $2.7bn will be financed by Ruhrgas and Gaz de France. Gazprom will pay a third of this sum in installments.
Gazprom is making a part of natural gas supplies to Europe via the SPP pipeline system. This company is transporting about 70 percent of all gas supplied from Russia to Europe.
Russia has left the list of 33 largest holders of US government bonds, after the country disposed of at least a third of remaining bonds