President-elect of Russian Vladimir Putin hopes for further coperation with Ukraine, Belarus and Turkey, despite the realization of projects Nord Stream and South Stream.

"Exclusive transit of our gas for some countries disappears indeed, but the very significance of our partners remains. Joint work with Ukraine, Belarus and possibly with Turkey must continue and must be built on mutually beneficial bases," Putin said at a meeting with Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

In his turn, Miller informed the Russian president-elect that Russia will launch the second leg of the Nord Stream pipeline, intended to deliver Russian natural gas to Europe bypassing existing transit countries, in October 2012.

"We have started pre-commissioning work and ... in October we will start commercial supplies," Miller told Putin at a meeting.

According to Miller, share of Russian gas supplies to the European market grew last year to 27 percent from 24 percent. The EU will need 100 billion cubic meters as additional deliveries in next seven or eight years because gas consumption in the region will increase in nearest years, Miller added.

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