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Russia ready to continue talks with Austria, Hungary, Serbia on South Stream — envoy

December 03, 2014, 20:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“The gas pipeline thread may go in any direction from the Turkish hub,” Russia’s Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said
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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Russia is ready to continue talks with Austria, Hungary and Serbia on ways out of the situation that developed as a result of the closure of the South Stream project, Russia’s Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said Wednesday.

“The Russian side is ready to discuss what to do next and how to overcome the situation,” Chizhov said on Rossiya 24 TV channel. “The gas pipeline thread may go in any direction from the Turkish hub.”

Russia halts South Stream project

In the current condutions, Russia cannot begin the implementation of the South Stream project, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, December 1.

“Bearing in mind the fact that we have not yet received Bulgaria’s permission, we think Russia is such conditions cannot continue this project. I mean we are to begin the construction of the pipeline system in the Black Sea. We cannot begin the construction of the seabed section until we have Bulgaria’s permit,” Putin told a news conference in Ankara.

Infographics Russian gas supplies to Europe: existing routes Russian gas supplies to Europe: existing routes

THE MAIN EXPORT ROUTES OF RUSSIA’S NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES TO EUROPE. Infographics by TASS

Russia, according to the president, cannot begin the construction of the seabed section to stop at the Bulgarian coast. “It is absurd. I think it is obvious,” he noted, adding that Russia is forced to revise its participation in the project. 

South Strean gas pipeline project

South Stream is Gazprom’s global infrastructural project of a gas pipeline system with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters across the Black Sea stretching from Russia to countries of the Southern and Central Europe, including Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Austria.

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