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Russian energy company Soyuzneftegaz hopes that deals can be concluded to develop oil and gas in peaceful regions of Syria even if civil war is still raging elsewhere, its chairman said.In December Soyuzneftegaz won a deal on joint exploration of Block 2 of Syria's territorial waters. Shafranik said the project would be passed on to a Russian energy company, which he did not identify, and made clear Soyuzneftegaz was looking at how to build on that deal.An existing 700,000 barrels-per-day Iraq-Syria-Lebanon pipeline has been unusable since the 2003 war in Iraq.Shafranik, 62, was energy minister under President Boris Yeltsin from 1993 until 1996 .
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