It is a good news for the whole of Europe and Hungary especially that the Russian energy minister has confirmed that energy cooperation with Europe remains an important issue for Russia said Szijjártó. The Russian energy minister has also announced that natural gas deliveries that Russia originally intended for the South Stream gas pipeline would be redirected to Turkey where a major regional gas distribution center would be set up near the Turkish-Greek border.
In relations to the Russian announcement, Szijjártó remarked that the next major step for Hungary would be to find the financial, technical and infrastructural means necessary to build a new pipeline delivering natural gas to Hungary through the Balkan region.
Hungary will start negotiations on a new pipeline project with Greece and some potential Balkan countries that might join the new pipeline construction project. The foreign minister remarked that the last week Hungarian officials already held talks on some of these issues with the foreign ministers of Serbia and Macedonia - these consultations will be more intense in next year.
Lots of infrastructural, financial and technical issues should be sorted out before establishing the exact route of the new pipeline, which can safely and competitively can deliver natural gas to Central Europe said the Hungarian foreign minister.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stressed that Russia is a reliable supplier of Russian gas to European customers and understands the concerns of the European countries regarding the suspension of the South Stream gas pipeline. Russia is ready to engage in a serious multilateral dialogue with her European customers to find common solution to Russian gas deliveries to Europe outside the framework of the South Stream project.
(mno.hu – hungarianambiance.com)