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Foreigners Fight Putin’s Asia Oil Pipe, Operator Says

Foreign states tried to derail Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s project to build an oil links to supply Asian markets with Siberian crude, national pipeline operator OAO Transneft said.

Representatives of foreign governments met with and funded Russian environmental and public interest groups in the Far East region that sued to stop or delay construction of the pipelines, Transneft Chief Executive Officer Nikolai Tokarev said in comments broadcast on state television today.