With Putin in Vienna, Gazprom signs Austria pipeline deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-L) and his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer (C-R) review a guard of honour at Hofburg Palace in Vienna on June 24, 2014Coinciding with a visit to Vienna by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian energy giant Gazprom on Tuesday signed a deal with Austria’s OMV approving the EU country’s section of the controversial South Stream pipeline. The crisis in Ukraine has made the planned pipeline bringing Siberian gas to the European Union — bypassing Ukraine — a new focus of tensions between Moscow, Brussels and Washington.

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