Moscow will continue negotiations with Hungary, Serbia and Austria

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Russia's ambassador to the European Union is confident that Moscow will continue negotiations with Serbia, Austria and Hungary to find an alternative solution to the cancellation of the South Stream pipeline project.

In an interview with Rossiya 24 Russian state television Russia's ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chisov announced that the Turkish pipeline hub can be branched out in different directions. He said Russian natural gas could be delivered from Turkey to Central-European customers.

Regarding the cancellation of the pipeline, the Russian diplomat pointed to the unreliable and unpredictable Bulgarian government as one of the major factors that triggered the cancellation of the project, meanwhile emphasized that Russia couldn't be blamed for abandoning the project. The Russian diplomat stated that Russia's "conscience" is clear, because it had all the intention to complete the project.

Russian president Vladimir Putin announced in Ankara on Monday that due to the reluctance of the European Union, and the Bulgaria government to give green light to the construction of the pipeline, Russia withdrew from the project. Putin has also announced that a new pipeline will be constructed through Turkey to deliver Russian gas to Southern European customers.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic talked by the phone discussing alternative solutions to the South Stream pipeline project.

The two prime ministers decided to continue negotiations until they find secure and reliable alternative to South Stream pipeline; they will meet personally, on December 16, during the China - Central and Eastern European summit in Belgrade reported by Tanjug Serbian news agency, which was also confirmed by PM Viktor Orbán's Press Secretary Bertalan Havasi.

(MTI –


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