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The sale of a stake in the asset – which was previously off the table in any negotiations – will soon come, some experts believe.

The pipelines currently pump the lion’s share of Russian natural gas to European markets and are key to Ukraine’s energy independence.

But the futility of the current gas talks became clear during the July 12 presidential meeting in Crimea between Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych. Putin kept his Ukrainian counterpart waiting for five hours, spending time with a group of Russian bikers called the Night Wolves instead.

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