FILE In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller speak during a ceremony in Anapa, Russia. At a lavish ceremony in December to mark the start of construction of a new Russian pipeline, Gazprom put on a show of its industrial might to match the project’s euro 16 billion ($20.92 billion) price tag. On the Black Sea coast, 600 miles south of Moscow, the company built a eight massive steel-framed marquees to house Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Gazprom’s executives and various European partners all for a two-hour ceremony in which two short sections of the new South Stream pipeline were welded together. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metze, File)

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FILE In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller speak during a ceremony in Anapa, Russia. At a lavish ceremony in December to mark the start of construction of a new Russian pipeline, Gazprom put on a show of its industrial might to match the project’s euro 16 billion ($20.92 billion) price tag. On the Black Sea coast, 600 miles south of Moscow, the company built a eight massive steel-framed marquees to house Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Gazprom’s executives and various European partners all for a two-hour ceremony in which two short sections of the new South Stream pipeline were welded together. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metze, File)
FILE In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller speak during a ceremony in Anapa, Russia. At a lavish ceremony in December to mark the start of construction of a new Russian pipeline, Gazprom put on a show of its industrial might to match the project’s euro 16 billion ($20.92 billion) price tag. On the Black Sea coast, 600 miles south of Moscow, the company built a eight massive steel-framed marquees to house Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Gazprom’s executives and various European partners all for a two-hour ceremony in which two short sections of the new South Stream pipeline were welded together. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metze, File)
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