December 23, 2016 / 11:53 AM / a year ago

Putin says Russia will start supplying gas to Crimea in coming days

(Reuters) - Russia will start supplying natural gas to Crimea in coming days, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on the viewfinder of a camera during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

“In the next two or three days we will announce the completion of works and that the supplies of gas have begun,” Putin said at a year-end press-conference.

Russia is completing a gas pipeline that would connect the peninsula annexed by Moscow from Ukraine in 2014 with Russia’s mainland.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; writing by Andrey Ostroukh; editing by Polina Devitt

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