Lavrov: the EU understand the need for direct gas supplies from Russia

Lavrov: the EU understand the need for direct gas supplies from Russia


The need for direct access to the EU of Russian gas – is a fact that all is divided, said the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov.

MOSCOW, 26 Jan. Ukrainian transit of Russian gas to Europe unreliable, and in the EU understand the need for a direct Russian supplies of hydrocarbons, said Tuesday the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov.

Speaking about the problem associated with the termination of the project “South stream”, he noted that Russia “has never been the initiator of a reduction in trade-economic and any other cooperation with Bulgaria”.

Russia in December 2014 due to the unconstructive position of the EU announced the cancellation of “South stream”.

“South stream”, as (Prime Minister) Boyko Borisov admitted, not given to build the EU, namely Brussels. I want the difference to see between the EU and Brussels. There is the European Commission that consists of commissioners — such as bureaucratic structure, which, like any bureaucracy, wants to reproduce itself, to assert itself. And very often we see the member countries (EU) are beginning to Express more and more dissatisfaction with the steps taken by the European Commission, without the consent of member countries,” said Lavrov during a press conference.

“We could not wait for the mood in Brussels against the “South stream”, and we began to look for an alternative, because Europe needs Russian gas. The unreliable Ukrainian transit, you can be certain of it every day, every day, some of the statements done by our Ukrainian neighbors: what they are in 10 times will raise the price for transit, although the price agreed in the contract and so on”, — said Lavrov.

In his words, “the need for direct access to the EU of Russian gas — it is a given that all splits”.

“Found was a variant of the “Nord stream-2″, although it could be South stream, if the Commission thought a little bit about the geopolitical games, but about how to do their job honestly and reliable to ensure EU energy security”, — said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.

The project “Northern stream-2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of the Russian Federation through the Baltic sea to Germany. Gazprom will own 50%, BASF, E. ON, Engie, OMV, Shell — 10% in the project. The new pipeline is planned to be built close to the “Nord stream-1”.