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Slovenian PM Alenka Bratušek met her Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on December 10 for talks on the development of the South Stream gas pipeline in south eastern Europe.

Both pledged their continued support for the project, reports Delo, following strong criticism last week from the EU, which threatened to bring a legal challenge if Russian energy giant Gazprom, which is part of the consortium behind the plan, failed to comply with EU rules.

But Delo underlines that the plan has a significant economic and strategic benefit for Slovenia.

The gas pipeline is set to cover some 266km in length and is estimated to be worth around €1bn, making it by far the biggest Russian investment in Slovenia.