Sofia wants South stream: Bulgarian President called Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Bulgarian counterpart rumen Radev discussed by the phone bilateral cooperation in the energy sphere, the press service of the Kremlin on Monday.

«Confirmed mutual interest in development of Russian-Bulgarian cooperation in various fields, including energy,» — said in the message.

It is noted that the sides discussed the issues of joint events dedicated to important in the bilateral context anniversaries: the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on friendly relations and cooperation (August 4, 2017) and the 140th anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman yoke (3 March 2018).

It also reported that «the parties agreed to continue contacts at various levels».

In early June, several European media reported that discussions were secret negotiations on the resumption of construction of the «South stream» between Moscow, Budapest and Belgrade. This, in particular, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Siarto and the Austrian newspaper Der Standard noted that the largest oil and gas company in Central Europe, OMV and Gazprom are discussing the possibility to resume work on the project. The primary beneficiary should be the Austrian OMV and indeed Austria, which would become the largest gas hub in Europe.

In turn, «Gazprom» has informed that carries on negotiations with Bulgaria on the development of gas transportation system (GTS) in the country. There are many areas of gas supplies via the second line of the «Turkish stream», said in early June the Deputy Chairman of the Board «Gazprom» Alexander Medvedev.

«Options for the gas distribution of the second leg of the «Turkish stream» is diverse, including in addition to Italy, there is a direction to the North… We are with Bulgarian colleagues are discussing options for the development of the gas transmission system of Bulgaria. I stress about it until it is», — said Medvedev.

«I want to remind the story to the start of construction of the «South stream» in the direction of Bulgaria was ready. Was pipe was pipe layers… Bulgaria, apparently under pressure from the outside, took the decision to block the construction of the «South stream» and we have this project officially closed. Although it is said that in the same river twice can not enter but you can in another direction to try,» — said Medvedev.

The Bulgarian government is negotiating with Russia’s Gazprom about the options of gas supplies to southern Europe, reported Bulgarian newspaper Capital, citing unnamed officials. Among the options being discussed is a branch of the «Turkish stream» or through Bulgaria. Thus, Bulgaria will preserve its role as a transit country, noted the publication.

Russia in December 2014 due to the unconstructive position of the EU announced the termination of work on the «South stream», which was held on the territory of Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, in favor of a new pipeline to Turkey («Turkish»).

Sofia wants South stream: Bulgarian President called Putin 20.06.2017

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