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Gazprom is in talks to buy a 24.9 percent stake in Austrian oil and gas firm OMV, a source familiar with the talks told Reuters, a deal that would deepen already controversial Austro-Russian ties if it comes to fruition.Gazprom and IPIC declined to comment, while OMV referred questions to its major shareholders.OMV was the first Western company to sign a long-term gas-purchasing contract with the then-Soviet Union in 1968 and is still a major Gazprom customer.IPIC, which has held its OMV stake for 20 years, owns stakes in a number of European companies, including Spain's Cepsa.
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