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    LONDON HOSTS "EUROPEAN ENERGY SPACE: RUSSIAN VECTOR" CONFERENCE

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    LONDON, March 3 (RIA Novosti, Alexander Smotrov) - On Wednesday in London, a round table meeting, "European Energy Space: Russian Vector," will be held.

    The organizing committee of the forum told RIA Novosti that the participants of the forum would discuss the prospects of the Russian-British energy dialogue. The round table meeting was organized by the Oil Industrialists' Union of Russia and the Russian-British Chamber of Commerce with the support of the governments of Russia and the United Kingdom.

    Russia's First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Andrei Sharonov, First Deputy Minister of Energy Ivan Matlashov, Chairman of the Council of the Oil Industrialists' Union of Russia Yuri Shafranik, President of the Russian-British Chamber of Commerce Tim Eggar, parliamentarians from both countries, representatives of Russian and British oil and gas companies, economists and experts are going to speak at the conference.

    The conference organizers said, "the conference participants will discuss a wide range of topics relating to assessment of the current situation in Russia and of the investment climate in the Russian and British economies as well as the future prospects of cooperation and integration within the single European energy market."

    The round table meeting will also consider the course of the Russian-British energy dialogue, which began at energy conference, which President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Tony Blair participated in, in London last June.

    Several bilateral agreements in the energy sphere were signed in the course of the Russian president's state visit to the United Kingdom. Preparations for the construction of the Baltic Pipeline System are under way. The natural gas pipeline from Russia to continental Europe and the UK will pass under the Baltic Sea bed.

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