A worker checks equipment at the gas-compressor station in Mryn village, about 130 km of Kiev, Ukraine, 15 October 2015. Russia's state-run natural gas export monopoly, Gazprom, resumed deliveries to Ukraine after a 234-million-dollar prepayment, Gazprom's head Alexei Miller told journalists. 'Ukraine has requested the maximum supply regime of 114 million cubic metres per day,' Miller said, according to the Interfax news agency. Russia cut off its deliveries to Ukraine in July after the sides failed to agree on pricing, but a deal was clinched last month for supplies for the upcoming winter. Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz agreed to buy the supplies for 232 dollars per thousand cubic metres between 01 October and 31 March - down from a contractual price of 251 dollars. Cash-strapped Ukraine has been heavily dependent on energy from Russia and is also a key transit country for gas to Western Europe. The European Union brokered the deal amid strains about the conflict in eastern Ukraine. ANSA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Taglio obbligatorio dei consumi a livello Ue in caso di crisi sulle forniture di gas. E’ una delle misure contenute nella bozza del piano Ue per la riduzione della domanda del gas, che sarà presentato oggi. La raccomandazione della Commissione europea ai Paesi membri, riporta il ‘Financial Times’, è di tagliare immediatamente i consumi, altrimenti, “l’Europa rischia di rimanere a corto di gas questo inverno mentre la Russia limita le forniture”. L’Europa, di fatto, si prepara a un razionamento energetico e si prepara a farlo già ora. “Bisogna risparmiare 12 miliardi di metri cubi nei prossimi tre mesi per evitare un ‘gas crunch’ in inverno”, è l’avvertimento lanciato dall’Agenzia internazionale dell’energia