The head of Gazprom's gas distribution business in Europe, Vitaly Vasiliev, is looking to reassure the UK over his company's involvement in European energy, according to a newspaper interview.

Mr Vasiliev, the boss of Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GMT), a London-based offshoot of the Russian gas giant, told The Guardian newspaper that the firm was still looking to expand in the UK but that this does not pose a threat to the national interest. Mr Vasiliev is set to repeat this message when he meets the government’s Trade & Industry Select Committee on July 18.

We have not made any offer or bid but there has been so much press coverage…We understand this is quite sensitive because Centrica has so much of your market share, he told The Guardian.