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Putin concerned about Mongolian dam threatening Lake Baikal

Russia's President Vladimir Putin voiced strong concern Thursday about Mongolia's plans to build a hydroelectric plant on a river flowing into Lake Baikal, warning it could endanger the world's deepest lake.

Putin said that the prospective China-funded dam on the Selenga River would cause "certain risks" to the lake in southern Siberia.

"We would like to study this issue most attentively together with our Mongolian friends and the People's Republic of China," Putin said during a meeting with leaders of China and Mongolia in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent.

Putin suggested that Russian power plants could increase electricity supply to Mongolia...

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