May 25, 2018 / 11:53 AM / 5 months ago

Putin says Russia will consider gas exports liberalization

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told the head of French energy major Total on Friday that Moscow will consider the possibility of opening up Russia’s pipeline gas exports.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks a during a news conference after the talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in St. Petersburg, Russia May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne asked Putin during an economic forum in St Petersburg to allow a joint venture of Total and Russia’s Novatek, to export pipeline gas from Russia to Europe.

Currently, only Kremlin-controlled Gazprom has exclusive rights to export Russian gas via pipelines.

Reporting by Christian Lowe, Katya Golubkova' writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Susan Fenton

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