July 2, 2008

Kremlin Says It May Map Out New Pipeline Routes With Baku

MOSCOW. July 2 (Interfax) - Russia and Azerbaijan could take part in new joint projects of organizing fuel transportation, the Kremlin said.

In addition to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline "the Azeri side would want to promote other routes and we regard the prospects of our energy cooperation in this context of possible interaction in defining routes," Kremlin aide Sergei Prikhodko told Interfax.

Russia is not very happy about the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline because the project has been politically-burdened from the very start, he said. "But we cannot protest against fuel being pumped into it," he added.

Asked whether there is a chance that new routes will be drawn with Russia's involvement Prikhodko said there is a possibility of this. However, he said it was premature to say anything specific about this.

On the whole Prikhodko spoke of the existence of interesting prospects in deepening bilateral cooperation in the fuel and energy sector.

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