ASTRAKHAN, Russia, June 4 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia should reduce its reliance on foreign equipment in the energy sector, part of an effort to improve the nation's self-sufficiency at a time when it faces Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
At a meting on energy strategy in the southern city of Astrakhan, Putin also said the government should consider a recapitalisation of Gazprom following the signing of a $400 billion gas deal with China which will require multi-billion-dollar investments in infrastructure.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Steve Gutterman)
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