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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)
Russia And Global Energy Security
An oil field in Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan (TASS file photo)
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