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Slovakia does not rule out connecting its power network to Turkish Stream — FM

June 16, 2015, 21:46 UTC+3 VIENNA
Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Laichak said using gas transit via Ukraine is best and cheapest both for Russia and the EU
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VIENNA, June 16. /TASS/. Slovakia is interested in keeping gas transit via Ukraine but does not rule out connecting its power network to the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Laichak said Tuesday.

"It is best and cheapest for us - for the EU and Russia - to continue using gas transit via Ukraine as this stream is the strongest and safest for all reasons. Of course, it’s necessary to have agreements between Russia, the EU and Ukraine to avoid using those contracts for political or other expediency by any side," he said.

"As for Turkish Stream of course we think if it materializes then Slovakia proposes Eastring project, which would connect Turkish Stream with Slovakia’s power network," Laichak said, adding that this would help solve the issue of energy security from north to south.

This idea was already offered during the visit of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico to Moscow on June 2, the Minister said.

"We have already signed a political declaration at the level of heads of Foreign Affairs Ministries of the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria," he said. "This Eastring project exists as plan B, if Russia makes decision /on suspending gas transit via Ukraine - TASS/ then we offer this variant, but plan A is still to continue transit," he added.

Infographics Russia's gas pipelines to Europe by 2018 Russia's gas pipelines to Europe by 2018

Russia's gas giant Gazprom intends to completely abandon gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine after 2018 with the help of a new pipeline to Turkey. Infographics by TASS

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