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    Southern Energy Supply Routes to Europe Still on Putin's Agenda

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    Supplying Russian energy resources to Europe via southern routes remains possible despite the suspension of the South Stream project, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The possibility of Russia supplying energy resources to Europe via southern routes is still on the country's agenda despite the suspension of the South Stream project due to the unconstructive approach adopted by the European Commission, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    "Despite the fact that we had to suspend the project, issues relating to Southern routes of energy shipment to the European Union States are still on the agenda. Being aware of the intention by the Greek leaders to make the country a powerful energy hub in the Balkans, we have always included Greece in our plans to enhance hydrocarbons supply to Central and Western Europe," Putin said in an article published in the Greek newspaper Kathimerini ahead of his visit to Greece on May 27-28.

    The planned trip to Greece would be the fourth for Putin, after his visits in 2001, 2006 and in 2007.

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