Putin says Russia will drop South Stream if EU does not approve it

December 1, 2014 5:54 PM

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russia could not carry on with the South Stream gas pipeline project if the European Union was opposed to it.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Putin cited reluctance by the European Commission to grant the green light to the project to supply southern Europe with gas via Bulgaria, bypassing Ukraine.

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