October 30, 2019 / 7:14 PM / 21 days ago

Putin welcomes Denmark's approval of Russia-led Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the unveiling ceremony of a monument to former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov in Moscow, Russia October 29, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he welcomed an approval by Denmark to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, saying the decision was in Europe’s interests.

The Danish permit was the last needed for the 1,230-km-long (765-mile) pipeline from Russia to Germany, while U.S. President Donald Trump has been a particularly vocal critic, warning it could turn Germany into a “hostage of Russia.”

Putin, after meeting Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, also said Hungary was interested in joining Turkstream gas pipeline next year.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh

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