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(Reuters) - Russia will start supplying natural gas to Crimea in coming days, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
"In the next two or three days we will announce the completion of works and that the supplies of gas have begun," Putin said at a year-end press-conference.
Russia is completing a gas pipeline that would connect the peninsula annexed by Moscow from Ukraine in 2014 with Russia's mainland.
Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; writing by Andrey Ostroukh; editing by Polina Devitt