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Putin Promises Airports Fuel

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will immediately sign a decree on the allocation of fuel from reserves to supply Moscow airports if needed, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"A government decision on the allocation of reserve fuel will be signed immediately" if necessary, Peskov said, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported, citing Itar-Tass.

A fuel shortage was reported at major airports including Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo on Friday. "Last week about 5,000 tons of aviation fuel was offered on fuel exchanges, although the demand was about 270,000 tons. In general, the normal situation is 30,000 to 70,000 tons of aviation fuel weekly traded on the exchanges," a source said, adding that airports could begin running out this week.

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