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Putin phones Orbán to discuss energy

Int’l Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Serbia's Tomislav Nikolic negotiated yesterday over the phone, discussing energy cooperation opportunities following the demise of the South Stream gas pipeline project, the Kremlin’s press office announced yesterday.

The leaders discussed bilateral matters, a statement from the Kremlin said, without disclosing any further details.

Putin said a week earlier that the South Stream pipeline project was being scrapped because of opposition in Europe. The pipeline would have delivered Russian gas to Europe via the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjárto confirmed with MTI that the leaders discussed energy matters over the phone.

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