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Putin,'South Stream alternative via Macedonia, Greece'

Possible 'plan B' after annulment due to obstacles from EU

19 December, 16:47
(ANSA) - TRIESTE - Russian president Vladimir Putin said that the new natural gas pipeline could reach Central Europe through Greece and Macedonia instead of passing through Bulgaria, the Macedonian news agency Mia reported, citing the declaration made by Putin during an encounter with journalists held Thursday. The new project, developed after the annulment of South Stream due to obstacles imposed by the EU, foresees bringing Russian gas up to the Turkish-Greek border, while leaving the possibility for the pipeline to be extended to Central Europe through the Balkans. The South Stream project did not foresee including Macedonia. (ANSA)
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