"South Stream in Slovenia" headlines Večerfollowing the visit of Vladimir Putin to Ljubljana. The Russian Prime Minister assured Slovenian officials, among others, on the subject of the construction of the gas pipeline that is to transport 63 billion cublic metres of natural gas from the Caspian Sea fields to central Europe. A joint venture agreement for building the Slovenian section of South Stream has been drawn up between Russia’s Gazprom and Slovenia’s Geoplin, notes the Slovenian daily. The daily adds that the Russian gas giant has already signed similar agreements with Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Croatia, Austria and Macedonia, and that South Stream is currently forging ahead of its rival Nabucco, which bypasses Russia and is backed by the United States and the European Union.