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Russia Urges EU To Support Gas Pipeline Crossing Turkey

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the European Union to support the idea of a Moscow-backed pipeline that would bring natural gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and the rest of Europe.

Speaking in Belgrade on May 15, Lavrov said the pipeline — which could include Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary — would bring "energy stability" to Europe.

Greece's left-wing government has expressed interest in the project, dubbed Turkish Stream. The United States, however, has been encouraging the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, which will take Azeri gas from the Caspian Sea to Italy.

Russia last year scrapped plans for another pipeline for Southern Europe amid a deepening crisis with the West over Ukraine.

Lavrov says that if the EU seeks energy security, "then Brussels must ... contribute to turning this idea into reality."

Based on reporting by TASS and AP

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