Published time: 18 Aug, 2018 17:00 Edited time: 18 Aug, 2018 17:08
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a "purely economic project" and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"I am aware of the federal chancellor's position, she keeps raising the issue. All that matters to us is that this transit is economically feasible, and makes economic sense," he said.
The comments were made after Putin arrived in Berlin for a meeting with Merkel. The two will speak about the pipeline project, as well as international topics such as Ukraine and Syria.
"We hope this project will improve the European energy system, diversify gas delivery routes, and meet the increasing demand of the European economy in natural gas," Putin said.
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