“I see symbolic meaning for the Russian president’s birthday. This is
a type of present to the originator of the idea [Putin],” Miller said
during a ceremony marking the launch of the gas pipeline’s second line.
The idea of building the offshore gas pipeline bypassing transit
countries was brought up in a phone conversation with Putin during a
time of difficulties with transiting gas through Ukraine, Miller said.
Head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said that a lot
of time had been put into securing permission to build the pipeline.