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Putin Plans Athens Trip To Sign Pipeline Accord --> Vladimir Putin (Council of Europe) March 7, 2007 -- The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Greece next week to sign an oil-pipeline cooperation agreement with Greek and Bulgarian officials.

Putin is expected to meet with the presidents of Greece and Bulgaria during his visit on March 14-15.

The Kremlin says the accord deals with cooperation on building a pipeline that would carry Russian oil across Bulgaria to a Greek port on the Mediterranean Sea.

Putin last month warned that Russia would seek alternative routes to get its oil to world markets if a pipeline agreement is not concluded soon with Greece and Bulgaria.

(AP, dpa, AFP)

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