FILE In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks at the South Stream welding ceremony in Anapa, Russia. At a lavish ceremony in December to ma

 

              FILE In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks at the South Stream welding ceremony in Anapa, Russia. At a lavish ceremony in December to ma
FILE In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks at the South Stream welding ceremony in Anapa, Russia. At a lavish ceremony in December to mark the start of construction of a new Russian pipeline, Gazprom put on a show of its industrial might to match the project’s euro 16 billion ($20.92 billion) price tag. On the Black Sea coast, 600 miles south of Moscow, the company built a eight massive steel-framed marquees to house Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Gazprom’s executives and various European partners all for a two-hour ceremony in which two short sections of the new South Stream pipeline were welded together. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metze, File)