Bulgaria expects final solution for South Stream

ANKARA - Bulgaria awaits a final settlement on the South Stream pipeline issue following Russian leader Putin’s announcement about the cancellation of the project in Turkey on Dec. 2.

The Ministers of Energy of Bulgaria and Russia, Temenuika Petkova and Alexander Novak, will discuss the future of the pipeline project by phone on Friday, according to Bulgarian Energy Ministry officials.

"It’s hard to explain to people that if the South Stream goes through Bulgaria it will be bad, but if it goes through Turkey and Greece it will be better," said Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

He added that Bulgaria expects a final solution after the phone discussion with Russia on Friday.

The Bulgarian Government informed the EC about their alternative proposal to the South Stream to build a gas-distribution hub near Varna, in consideration of countering President Putin’s idea to have the entry point of the South Stream route in Turkey rather than Bulgaria.

Putin announced at the beginning of December that Russia will halt the construction of the South Stream natural gas pipeline planned to pass through Bulgaria to Europe.

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