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UFA, Russia, July 9 (Reuters) - Russia is continuing work on the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters, after Gazprom cancelled a contract with Italy's Saipem to build the first line of the project.
"The project is continuing. We continue working with our Turkish partners to reach intergovernmental agreements. That said, this is a technical issue being discussed between Gazprom and commercial firms," Novak said on Thursday.
Russia's Gazprom said on Wednesday it had cancelled a contract with Italian oil services group Saipem to build the first line of Turkish Stream beneath the Black Sea. (Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Alexander Winning)