Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Bulgaria deliberately delays the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in the country, and Moscow can find an alternative route for it. It is reported by Mind.ua.
“We see that the Bulgarian side – no matter how sad and strange it sounds – deliberately delays the implementation of the Turkish Stream project on its territory... And here, apparently, under external pressure, they built such an unhurried job. We’ll see how this project will continue to be implemented on the Bulgarian territory”, Putin said following talks with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić in Sochi.
In turn, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov noted that delays are unintentional, as construction began late – 3 months ago. This is because Sofia complies with the EU procurement rules, which guarantee that the project will not be blocked by Brussels.
The Turkish Stream pipeline with a total capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters per year should ensure gas supplies from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea and further to the Turkish border with neighboring countries. The first line of the pipeline is intended for the Turkish market, the second – for the countries of Southern and Southeast Europe.
Bulgaria plans to launch the Turkish Stream by 2021, the length of the pipeline in the country will be 474 km.
Recall that the first line of the Turkish Stream pipeline began to be filled with gas in mid-October.
Earlier, the Turkish president said that the Turkish Stream is planned to be commissioned on January 8 next year.