* The pair discussed their new pipeline via video link during televised ceremony
* Jinping hailed the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline as a symbol of cooperation
* 1,850-mile pipeline will supply China with 1.3 trillion cubic feet of gas annually
Russia and China today launched a giant gas pipeline linking the two countries as part of a major $400billion deal to cement Moscow as the world’s biggest gas exporter.
Talking via video link during an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hailed the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline as a symbol of cooperation.
‘Today is remarkable, a truly historic event not only for the global energy market, but first of all for us and for you, for Russia and China,’ Putin said.
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WNU Editor: This is also a big symbol on how relations between the two countries are changing …. Russia and China finish first road bridge connecting two countries (ABC News Online).
Putin and Xi oversee launch of landmark Russian gas pipeline to China — Reuters
Putin, Xi oversee launch of massive Russian gas pipeline to China — France 24
Russia, China launch gas pipeline ‘Power of Siberia’ — DW
Russia Begins Sending Natural Gas To China As Putin And Xi Open New Pipeline — NPR
Xi, Putin witness launching ceremony of China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline — Xinhuanet
Xi Jinping, Putin witness launch of China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline — CGTN
First of three Russian gas pipelines inaugurated — Asia Times