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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he assured US President Donald Trump on Monday that Russian gas deliveries via Ukraine will continue despite the proposed new Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
‘I assured the president that Russia was ready to maintain this transit route’ for Russian gas, Putin said.
He was addressing concerns that the planned Nord Stream 2 line through the Baltic and Germany would put Washington’s Ukrainian allies at a disadvantage.
Putin also suggested to Trump that Russia and the United States cooperate on regulating oil and shale gas production.
‘We could work together in a constructive way to regulate the international markets because the extreme drop in prices is not in our interests,’ Putin said.
He spoke at a news conference alongside Trump in Finland after the two leaders’ first ever joint summit.