It is a measure of how fast Russian energy is moving up Europe's political agenda that Alexei Miller, the head of Gazprom, has been invited to this weekend's meeting of European Union energy ministers in Pamplona. The ministers will want to quiz him on how far Europe can rely on Russia, the holder of a quarter of the world's gas reserves.
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According to Russian officials, the detainees are employees of the private security company who were on their way to Latin America via Minsk and Istanbul. Lukashenko calls Russian officials liars