FYR Macedonia without a clear decision on Russian pipeline

FYR Macedonia without a clear decision on Russian pipeline

Skopje, June 9, 2013/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Authorities in Skopje are yet to decide on the Russian pipeline known as ‘South Stream’.

Aleksandar Dukovski, head of the State Agency on Energy said that state authorities are deliberating this project, following Bulgaria’s and Serbia’s decision to suspend the project.

“This issue will be discussed when all facts come to light. Bulgaria has not yet officially declared its positioning about the construction of the pipeline”, declared Dukovski.

A year ago, FYR Macedonia signed an agreement with the Russian Federation to collaborate on the construction of “Southern Stream”. It will join the gas network coming from Serbia or Bulgaria.

Prime minister Nikola Gruevski said that this agreement has a strategic importance about FYR Macedonia, enabling the country to become part of international transport networks and guarantees it a stable gas source.

Russian pipeline “South Stream” must be competed in 2015, which will mark the start of the first amounts of gas that will run toward Central and Southern Europe. The construction of the network started in 2012. /ibna/