MOSCOW, Aug 21 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting last week that Russia would continue pumping gas via Ukraine to the rest of Europe, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.
Putin met Merkel on Saturday.
The Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline that aims to supply Russia's natural gas to Germany is under persistent fire by the U.S. and Ukrainian governments. Washington is pressing Berlin to halt the project. (Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Andrew Osborn Writing by Denis Pinchuk)