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Gazprom Chief Says Athens Supports Proposed Pipeline To Greece

The head of gas giant Gazprom says the Greek government is supportive of the idea of building a pipeline that would transport Russian natural gas to Greece through Turkey.

Aleksei Miller said after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on April 21 that a Russian-European consortium of businesses would provide funds to build the gas pipeline to Greece where it could act as a hub for further distribution into Europe.

He said Russian gas would be transported to Greece trhough the proposed Turkish Stream gas pipeline.

Miller said it would cost about $2 billion to build the extension to Greece and that Gazprom could guarantee the transfer of up to 47 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.

EU member countries imported a total of some 125 billion cubic meters of gas from Gazprom in 2014, the company reported.

Miller said the pipeline would be implemented "strictly in line with European [Union] legislation."

Miller remarks came a day before the European Commission is expected to charge Gazprom with antitrust violations in its dealings with some Central and Eastern European EU members countries.

Based on reporting by TASS, Rossia 24, and dpa