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Standart - Bulgaria | 24/02/2010

Russian pressure on Bulgarian gas pipeline

A Bulgarian-Russian summit took place at the end of last week in Sofia, discussing among other things possible Bulgarian participation in the South Stream natural gas pipeline. Valentin Kanev writes in the daily Standart that Russia is putting Bulgaria under pressure: "Russia has been trying to gain control of the Bulgarian gas pipeline network for more than 15 years. What's at stake here is not only the protection of our natural interests, but also the implementation of EU energy policy. I would like to stress that Gazprom is only interested in the transit pipelines, because it has already controlled practically the entire Bulgarian gas supply network through its subsidiary Overgaz for years. As the country's major supplier Overgaz has its hand on all the taps. ... Nevertheless, more relevant is the question of how long Russia will keep pressuring us concerning every energy project we're involved in when pipelines run through our territory."

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