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Putin says Russia to continue gas shipments via Ukraine

AFP  |  Sochi (Russia) 

said today that intends to continue natural via despite a planned second pipeline to

"We will continue (via Ukraine) as long as they are economically justified," Putin said during a press conference with visiting German

For her part, Merkel said that "Ukraine's role as a transit country should be maintained and is ready to play its role."

Russia's plans to build a second pipeline under the to Germany, called 2, that would give it more possibility to reduce transit of gas through to when it is finished in 2019.

has supported the project, but Merkel last month shifted gears to say that could not go forward without guarantees for

Ukraine has so far rejected proposals from that would reduce the volumes of gas shipped through the country.

has previously shut off deliveries to Ukraine in pricing disputes, which disrupted supplies to several nations in

Merkel said that while Germany looks at 2 as a business project "there are other elements, so we need to think about guarantees for Ukraine".

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:30 IST