Serbia approves energy pact with Russia

Serbia approves energy pact with Russia
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First Published: Tue, Sep 09 2008. 03 09 PM IST
Bekgrade: Serbia’s parliament ratified an energy pact with Russia on Tuesday that gives Russia’s Gazprom control over its oil monopoly in return for Serbia’s inclusion in the South Stream gas pipeline project.
In the 250-seat parliament, 214 deputies voted for the pact signed in January last year, while 22 were against it.
The deal for the partial sale of NIS was controversial in Serbia.
It was seen by analysts as politically motivated as a payback for Russia’s support of Serbia over the issue of Kosovo, the former province that seceded in February with Western backing.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 09 2008. 03 09 PM IST
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