Russian energy giant Gazprom expects that its gas exports to Europe will reach record levels in 2016 as in March the export levels recorded a 9% increase year-on-year, Sputnik News reported.

According to Gazprom, its overall export to the countries outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has increased by 28% in Q1 of 2016.

In January, Gazprom CEO, Alexey Miller, said that in 2015 the company saw an increase of its European gas exports by 8% to reach 159.4bcm. However, as UPI wrote, the European Union has expressed concern about Russia’s control over the regional market as the company typically controls both the transit networks and the reserves they deliver.