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Putin suggests Turkey become regional 'gas hub' to Europe

Russian president pitches Erdogan on new pipeline to increase energy flows

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia on Oct. 13.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed offering Turkey new natural gas supplies to transform the country into a regional "gas hub" that controls gas flows to Europe.

During an exchange in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia Summit, Putin told Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey could become a hub "that determines gas prices."

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