Valves are pictured at Austria's largest natural gas import and distribution station in Baumgarten May 2, 2014. While officials in Brussels were calling for Europe to reduce its dependency on Russian ... more 
Valves are pictured at Austria's largest natural gas import and distribution station in Baumgarten May 2, 2014. While officials in Brussels were calling for Europe to reduce its dependency on Russian natural gas and negotiate with Moscow as a bloc, Austria was quietly bypassing the European Commission to cut its own bilateral deal on building a pipeline. The deal on the South Stream pipeline, which will be built under the Black Sea to Bulgaria and on to central Europe, shows the European Union's difficulty in creating a unified energy policy on Moscow during the Ukraine crisis. It shows that when it comes to natural gas diplomacy, European countries still have their own competing interests which are difficult to unite under an EU flag. To match Analysis UKRAINE-CRISIS/GAS-GAZPROM Picture taken May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader (AUSTRIA - Tags: ENERGY POLITICS BUSINESS COMMODITIES) less 
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