Source Pravda.Ru

Putin, Blair disagree EU hooked on Russian energy

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair do not share the opinion that the European Union is hostage to Russian energy.

"The rumor on the possible loss of Europe's energy independence has been greatly exaggerated," Putin said at a press conference in London on Tuesday.

Blair said at the same press conference that neither does the EU depend on Russia nor does Russia depend on the EU, and that the two sides are only pursuing mutual interests in energy cooperation, Interfax reported.