As he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made energy a key focus of his first trip to western Europe, offering to give his European partners more say in Russian oil and gas deliveries.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made energy a key focus of his first trip to western Europe on Thursday, promising
Medvedev, sworn in last month, said transit pipelines for its oil and gas running through third states could be managed by international consortiums including European states.
The new consortiums would involve firms from
"That would represent the mutual dependence we are talking about in
Both Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended their countries' plans for a pipeline under the Baltic Sea to deliver Siberian gas to
Merkel said at a joint news conference with Medvedev she hoped other countries' concerns could be eased.
"Hopefully, the project will be implemented within the deadlines we talked about," Medvedev said.
Merkel said energy security would be an important part of talks between the EU and
She also said
The leaders also discussed international issues and human rights questions, said Merkel. Medvedev's predecessor Vladimir Putin opposed the West on Kosovo's independence and
Merkel, who has criticised
Medvedev said criminal procedures should not be decided in talks between states or in political negotiations.
A German source has said
Date created : 2008-06-05