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Russia's controversial South Stream pipeline, which would transport gas via the Black Sea into Europe by the end of the decade, received support from Turkey Wednesday when Ankara said it might allow the conduit to pass through its territory.The future of the 2,400 kilometer line from Russia to Bulgaria and from there further into the European Union – bypassing Ukraine – has been cast into doubt because of Russia's annexation of Crimea.South Stream would carry around 60 billion cubic meters of gas a year to Europe by the end of the decade, enough to meet more than 10 percent of its annual demand.Replacing Italy with Turkey as South Stream's destination could make sense as Turkey's gas demand is rising while Italy's is falling.Industry sources say that once South Stream is built to Bulgaria and serves western Turkey, the project could still be expanded to Italy once political relations between the EU and Russia improve again and demand picks up.
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