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Slovenia, Russia Build Energy Consensus

Brdo pri Kranju, 22 March - Slovenia and Russia took an important step towards the launch of the South Stream gas pipeline Tuesday, as an agreement on a joint venture in charge of building the Slovenian section of the pipeline was signed during Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit here. The two sides also agreed to co-host an energy security conference.

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Slovenian PM Borut Pahor (right) greets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin upon arrival in Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) shaking hands with his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor during a visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Nebojsa Tejic/STA

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) shaking hands with his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor during a visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Nebojsa Tejic/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) shaking hands with his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor during a visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Nebojsa Tejic/STA

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor during Putin's visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Nebojsa Tejic/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Slovenian PM Borut Pahor (left) greets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin upon arrival in Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Slovenian PM Borut Pahor receives his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin with a guard of honour upon his arrival in Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor sit down for talks as part of Putin's visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor sit down for talks as part of Putin's visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor sit down for talks as part of Putin's visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor sit down for talks as part of Putin's visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor sit down for talks as part of Putin's visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor sit down for talks as part of Putin's visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin (right) is received with military honours as he starts his Slovenia visit by meeting counterpart Borut Pahor.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) is received with military honours as he starts his Slovenia visit by meeting counterpart Borut Pahor.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left) is received with military honours as he starts his Slovenia visit by meeting counterpart Borut Pahor.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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