MOSCOW Dec 27 Russia on Tuesday activated a
pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea with President Vladimir
Putin hailing it as a step that would power economic growth on a
peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Crimea has no land border with Russia, and Moscow has
struggled to meet its energy needs, which were previously met by
Putin, who watched the launch of the pipeline via a video
link, said: "It is another very important solution for the
long-term development of Crimea."
Moscow is also building a road and rail bridge to the
peninsula and this year completed an electricity link. Crimea
had suffered sporadic blackouts after unidentified individuals
blew up power cables from Ukraine in November last year.
(Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrew Osborn)