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Russian gas pipeline to China links Putin with tough customer

Moscow's energy diplomacy faces headwinds as buyer nations push back

An employee checks a gas valve at the Atamanskaya compressor station, part of Gazprom's Power Of Siberia gas pipeline to China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- When the first natural gas pipeline from Russia to China was completed last week, the physical link was celebrated by live telecast virtually connecting Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

At first glance, state-backed utility Gazprom's Power of Siberia pipeline appears to be a win for Putin's energy diplomacy. Russia, the world's top gas exporter, hopes to use the project to strengthen relations with energy-hungry China.

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