May 18, 2018 / 1:54 PM / 8 months ago

Putin says Nordstream 2 pipeline has nothing to do with politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the Nordstream 2 pipeline project had nothing to do with politics and that he considered it exclusively a commercial project.

Speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin also said that Russia would still export some gas via Ukraine.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Susan Fenton

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