Athens, June 24, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Russia plans to discuss with the European Commission, and in particular with the Vice-President for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, the infrastructure construction outlook for transporting natural gas via the so-called “Turkish Stream” and its extension, the South European Pipeline, says Thanassis Avgerinos of AMNA.
According to Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, these consultations are to be made during the EU and Russia bilateral discussions, that “traditionally precede the tripartite negotiations with the participation of Ukraine” on the issues of gas supply to Kiev and through the territory of Ukraine, as well as the settlement of the Ukrainian debt to Russia.
“We know that various versions are being examined and await to see which versions will the EU propose for the construction of gas transportation infrastructures to its core. We hope they will give us their suggestions. They are likely to discuss this issue in a tripartite consultations, but also bilaterally”, Novak told reporters in Petrozavodsk of Russia, where he is at the moment.
“Without Ukraine”, he replied to a clarifying question, adding that the European Commission has not submitted to Russia any “formal proposals” on the issue.
As transmit Russian news agencies, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that Turkey ceded to Russia’s Gazprom the necessary authorization for conducting technical investigations in Turkish territorial waters for the “front line” of the pipeline with a transport power of 15.75 billion cubic meters, from the total of 63 of the pipeline. That was stated by the spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Tanju Bilgic.