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Greece to Raise Russian Pipeline Supply Issue

reece will ask Russia if it still has enough oil to fill a long-delayed pipeline to the port of Alexandroupolis, a senior Greek energy official told Reuters before talks in Moscow.

"The key question is whether there is oil," Greek Deputy Energy Minister Yannis Maniatis told Reuters in an interview late on Monday.

Prime Minister George Papandreou was due to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

Maniatis said Greece would like Russia to stick to the South Stream gas project rather than boosting gas transit via Ukraine.

"South Stream will ensure bigger energy security in Europe," he said, adding that the government wanted to extend Russian gas import contracts by 10 years or more beyond their expiry date in 2016 and possibly buy larger volumes.

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