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Russia opens up, gas supply to Italy through Nord Stream 2

According to Aleksandr Novak, Energy Minister

17 April, 12:58
(ANSA) - MOSCOW - Russia is considering supplying natural gas to Italy even through theNorth Stream 2, Russia's Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said, cited by Interfax.

According to Novak, Italy aims to ''be granted gas supplies anyway, even though the supply routes will depend on many other factors''. Commenting on the results of the meeting with Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Novak underlined that Russia is also planning new possible gas supplies routes to Italy through Nord Stream 2, across Germany, Czech Republic and Austria.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi expressed his criticism of a preferential attention to the doubling of Nord Stream - supported by Germany - after the sanctions against Moscow stopped the South Stream project, a gas pipeline which saw Eni in the lead role, and had the goal to turn Italy into the main European hub for Russian gas. On January 13, Italy's Saipem won the contract for doubling the pipeline capacity. (ANSA).

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