Putin, Xi launch 'historic' Russia-China gas pipeline

Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony launching Gazprom's Power of Siberia gas pipeline to China via a video link in Sochi (Reuters Photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday launched the first gas pipeline linking the two countries.

"Today is remarkable, a truly historic event not only for the global energy market, but first of all for you and us, Russia and China," Putin said during a televised ceremony featuring the two leaders. 

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