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Soviet Union begins gas deliveries to Europe

The first supplies of Siberian natural gas started flowing through the controversial East-West pipeline to France over the weekend, Radio Moscow reported.

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It said the ''first cubic meters'' of gas had arrived in France but did not say if delivery had also started to West Germany and Austria, the other main purchasers. The three countries are committed to taking gas from the present piepline for 25 years.