Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bulgaria to send delegation to Moscow to discuss South Stream (reports)

Bulgaria’s Cabinet plans to send a government delegation to Moscow on December 19 to discuss the prospect of reviving the South Stream gas pipeline project, Russian and Bulgarian media quoted Economy Minister Bozhidar Loukarski as saying in Belgrade on December 16, following meetings with Serbian officials.
“Bulgaria never intended to give up on the South Stream project and would like to hear the official position of the Russian Energy minister on it,” he is quoted as saying. He also said that the pipeline could be brought in line with the EU regulations, although it remains unclear to what extent Russia is willing to do so, given that EU rules were one of the main obstacles cited by Russian president Vladimir Putin when he announced the project’s cancellation in Ankara on December 1.

It is unclear, also, whether Russia has agreed on holding such a meeting, with Russian news agency Itar-Tass reporting on December 17, citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation, that Russian energy minister Alexander Novak was still deliberating on the issue of a meeting..........


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  1. Bulgarian PM hopes European energy envoy’s visit to Moscow will decide South Stream future ...

    The current Moscow visit by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic will have a final say in the future of the South Stream gas pipeline project, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said in an interview with the Standard newspaper on Wednesday.

    “I have agreed with European envoy Sefcovic that he will inform me about the results immediately after his talks in Moscow, he will tell me whether it is Russia’s final decision to abandon the South Stream project and what Moscow thinks about the prospect of building a gas hub,” he said.

    “Our energy ministry is ready to present its proposals on this project - how it can be realized and it will be managed. The European Commission will neither sell not buy gas, it will only organize transparent procedures. The project has good chances,” Borisov said, adding he hopes the Nabucco West gas project might be resumed along with the gas hub project...............


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