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Italian EU presidency backs South Stream

The Italian EU presidency is in favour of a controversial Russian pipeline, South Stream, which would circumvent Ukraine to bring gas to south-east Europe.

"We think South Stream should go ahead, as it would improve the diversification of gas routes to Europe," Italy's state secretary for EU affairs Sandro Gozi said on Thursday (10 July) during a press event in Brussels.

He echoed statements made by Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini who visited Moscow on Wednesday and m...

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