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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Polish Pipeline Mulled

The Energy Ministry and Gazprom intend to discuss with Polish gas firms and authorities the construction of a new Polish branch of the Yamal-Europe natural gas pipeline, which will bypass Ukraine, Prime-Tass reported Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko as saying Wednesday.

He said Russia might press for the branch to be built under a 1993 Russian-Polish agreement on the transit of Russian gas.

Gazprom, angry over Ukraine?s unsanctioned siphoning of gas from the main pipeline to the West, wants to avoid Ukraine and send gas across an alternative route through Belarus, Slovakia and Poland.

Poland?s Economics Minister Janusz Steinhoff said last month that Poland wouldn?t allow the pipeline.