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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pipeline Talks Fail

MOSCOW -- Talks between Russian and Chechen officials over a Transcaucasian oil pipeline ended in failure Monday, Itar-Tass quoted Russian Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Kirienko as saying.

The officials had met in Moscow to sign five accords on the pipeline, covering repairs, security and transit arrangements, but the meeting foundered.

Moscow had hoped to have the pipeline, which is to transport oil from Azerbaijani offshore fields to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk through Chechnya, running by October.

Interfax said Moscow was now examining other means to transport the oil.

Negotiations over the pipeline, which runs for 153 kilometers through the separatist-minded republic, had been marked by several disagreements.

Azerbaijani President Heidar Aliyev has warned that if the Chechen section was not ready on time by Oct. 1, Azerbaijan could seek alternative export routes.