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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Seeks Russian Role

MOSCOW -- Russia can join a giant pipeline project to carry crude oil from Azerbaijan through Turkey, a U.S. State Department official said Wednesday.

"We would look forward to Russia's participation in the main export pipeline company," Jan Kalicki, counsellor to the U.S. Department of Commerce and ombudsman for energy and commercial cooperation in the former Soviet Union, told an investment conference.

Some foreign operators have questioned the economic viability of the 1,730 kilometer pipeline from Baku to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.