Pipeline politics: new gas route revives Russian rivalry with West

February 24, 2015 6:03 PM

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BUDAPEST/PRAGUE (Reuters) - Thwarted in one attempt to build a gas pipeline to southeast Europe, the Kremlin is working with a small circle of allies to lay the groundwork for an alternative that would help it maintain leverage in its rivalry with the West.

Russia last year aborted South Stream, a $40 billion pipeline that was to have passed under the Black Sea and via Bulgaria, in the face of objections from the European Union.

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