BADEN, Austria – The first thing you notice when riding on the train after landing at Vienna International Airport is the extensive facilities of Austrian oil and gas group OMV.

Even though it’s not as a large consumer of gas as Germany and Italy, Austria has a symbolic importance for Russian gas monopoly Gazprom because OMV signed the first natural gas supply contract with the former USSR in 1968.

Austria is also a staunch defender of the controversial Gazprom-led South Stream gas pi...

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