Russia ready to start work on TurkStream extension only under EU guarantees
Russia will be ready to start working on the extension of the TurkStream gas pipeline only if it receives guarantees from the European Union that the project will not see the same obstacles as the scuppered South Stream, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, UrduPoint reported.
The TurkStream project envisages two pipelines, with the first one expected to supply Turkey, and the second one set to bring gas to southern and southeastern Europe. The first pipeline is expected to be completed in 2019, and Russia's Gazprom is considering extending TurkStream via Bulgariaand Serbia or through Greece and Italy.
"At the moment, different possibilities of extending the pipeline in Europe are being studied: including the route Bulgaria-Serbia-Hungary and then off to Baumgarten gas hub in Austria .
.. We will be ready to start this work only after we have received thorough assurances from relevant structures in the European Union," Lavrov told Srpski Telegraf newspaper.
According to Lavrov, Moscow is satisfied with the progress of the construction of the project in its two-pipeline version.
The foreign minister stressed that Moscow was taking into account what happened with the South Stream that had been set to carry the gas to Europe through Bulgaria. Russia withdrew from the project in 2014, explaining that the approach of the European Union was not constructive.