Russian, Bulgarian negotiators to meet over South stream

December 17, 2014 10:50 pm 

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 -– The Russian Energy Ministry is considering the possibility of meeting with representatives of Bulgaria to discuss the situation with the scrapped South Stream gas pipeline to Europe, a ministry spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“We plan to meet, but not on December 19 [as proposed by the Bulgarian side] because the [Russian Energy] minister has a very compact schedule and we received the offer from the Bulgarian side too late,” the spokesperson said.

The project was stalled after the European Commission expressed concern that Russia's bilateral agreements with European transit countries, including Bulgaria, violated the EU Third Energy Package.

On December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a decision to scrap the South Stream project to be replaced with an alternative pipeline going through Turkey. (PNA/Sputnik)

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