Russia and the European Union are extremely important and well-established partners in the gas field. They share almost 40 years of common history and tradition, a unique experience of mutually beneficial cooperation that successfully withstood the frosty winds of the Cold War, dramatic socio-economic changes and difficult transition from a socialist to a market economy. Today Russia supplies more than 20% of EU gas consumption and 40% of imported gas. And around 65% of the Russian gas export goes to EU countries. In future our interdependence in this domain may further increase on the account of long-term deferred gas demand.