Bulgaria reluctant to sanctions against Russia

SOFIA – Sanctions on Russia would harm Bulgaria's economy because it is has no alternative for deliveries of gas, according to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. 

“Russia is Bulgaria’s biggest energy supplier and trading partner,” Vigenin said on Saturday, adding that Bulgaria has also deep historical relations with Russia.

Vigenin told the Bulgarian press that possible sanctions against Russia would not have the expected outcomes and would only increase tension. However, he said the sanctions would be inevitable if Russia invades southern and eastern Ukraine.

Underlining that Bulgaria has no alternative for deliveries of natural gas at the moment, Vigenin emphasized the importance of the gas pipeline constructions between Greece and Turkey.

The European Commission has recently welcomed the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) as part of the European route of the Southern Gas Pipeline, which directly links the EU market with the world's largest gas reserves located in the Caspian Sea and the Middle East.

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