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Bulgarian MPs reject motion to resurrect South Stream gas pipeline project

Bulgarian MPs reject motion to resurrect South Stream gas pipeline project
Sofia, February 3, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Bulgaria’s Parliament rejected on February 3 a motion tabled by ultra-nationalist party Ataka, which called for resuming construction on the South Stream gas pipeline, cancelled by Russia in December 2014.

Ataka leader Volen Siderov said that Bulgaria should take advantage of “changed geopolitical circumstances”, namely the strained relations between Moscow and Ankara after a Russian warplane was shot down near the Syrian border last year.

Building the pipeline would also “protect” Bulgaria from migrant flows and terrorism because the country would become part of a “protected territory”, Siderov said.

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