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Friday, May 15, 2009

Attempts to tackle EU energy security without RF counterproductive

May 14, 2009 - (Itar-Tass) - MOSCOW. Russia’s Foreign Ministry considers any attempts to resolve the issues of Europe’s energy security counterproductive, the ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Nesterenko said on Thursday. “From our point of view the project of creating the EU’s “southern corridor” (dubbed as “modern Silk Road”) without taking into account the interests of the most important energy supplier – Russia – is no more than a political undertaking. This as well as the lack of commercial prospects explain the fact that representatives of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan refused to sign a final declaration at the summit in Prague,” he said. “Any attempts to resolve Europe’s energy security issues without Russia counterproductive. We made clear our position to our European partners,” the diplomat said.

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