Russia hopes to overcome the internal fall in Ukraine, but diversification of gas supply routes from Russia to the European Union required anyway, taking into account the growing demand of the EU in hydrocarbons, said the head of the Russian Federation centuries Putin.
" The implementation of the project " South stream " will provide an opportunity to strengthen Europe's energy security, diversify routes of hydrocarbon supplies, increase their reliability. This is the most important on the background of acute internal contradictions in Ukraine, through which ogromnaya gas pipeline system, and We are not once, not once have experienced crises ", said Putin during the meeting with the competent Austrian business.
" We hope that in the process of exchange of political views, our Ukrainian friends will cross all these problems, but I repeat, diversification of hydrocarbon supplies ultimately necessary, bearing in mind the growing needs of the European economy in the energy raw materials ", - said Putin.
Putin has noticed that the Union of European States has been and remains the key partner of Russia in the energy sphere." Unfortunately, some Western politicians persistently demand artificially to minimize the share of Russia in the European energy supplies, afraid of the threat of dependence of the EU on gas from Russia, " said Putin. In addition, he drew attention that " It is always mutual dependence and mutual dependence is always a basis and guarantee of stability ".