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Medvedev calls for establishing international pipeline operators

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for the establishment of international transit pipeline consortium-operators comprising companies from Russia, the European Union and transit countries.

Speaking in Germany after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel during his first European trip since being sworn into office on May 7, Medvedev said Russia and Europe should not only work out a joint European strategy, but also move forward together toward technological breakthroughs. “We are ready to work with the European Union in creating an early warning system for energy, it goes without saying, with the participation of transit countries. We are also ready to consider establishing international consortiums which would become operators of transit pipelines with the participation of companies from Russia, European Union, and transit countries,” Medvedev said. He also said that European integration should not stop in Eastern Europe.

Russia and the EU are to start talks on a new wide-reaching strategic partnership agreement at a summit later this month. The president’s first foreign visits after his inauguration were to Kazakhstan and China on May 22-24. Medvedev had earlier met Merkel in Moscow on March 8, days after he had won a landslide victory in Russia’s presidential elections. His predecessor, Vladimir Putin, was approved as prime minister on May 8. (rian.ru)

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