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Russia to axe South Stream pipeline

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for southern Europe.

Mr Putin spoke after talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He said Russia cannot implement the South Stream project because of the European Union's opposition to it. The project would have involved running a pipeline under the Black Sea to Bulgaria and further on to southern Europe.

Mr Putin said Moscow would boost gas supplies to Turkey and may cooperate with it in creating a hub for natural gas supplies on the border with Greece.


From Belfast Telegraph