Top European Union officials, including European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, are due to open a visit to Azerbaijan today as part of efforts to secure natural gas supplies for EU states.

The EU has been pursuing the development of a southern energy corridor across Turkey in particular a pipeline project dubbed Nabucco. The corridor is envisioned transporting gas, including from Azerbaijan's huge Shah Deniz II field, to the west,

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