For the failure of the project «South stream» pays Serbia, said dačić

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in photosangelina Dacic. Archival photoFor the failure of the project «South stream» pays Serbia, said dačić© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

Serbia and the Balkan countries are forced to pay for the failure for political reasons of the project of gas pipeline «South stream», which is very calculated, said first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dacic.

His statement of the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister made at the forum on energy security in Eurasia in Belgrade on Saturday.

«You want me to point out that due to these reasons and because of the primacy of some of the political issues of Serbia, unfortunately, could not, as planned, to implement their priorities for gas supplies via South stream. For us it would be the best option that will not cause harm to anyone, as we solved the issue of construction of gas infrastructure transit fees, and this decision was of interest for the region and the EU», — quotes the statement the Ministry of foreign Affairs Dacic.

«Unfortunately, although EU assured us of the viability and coherence of the project, it is not realized. On the other hand, the reality is that Nord stream could be excluded from the Third energy package, as South stream is not. Had to pay Serbia and other countries in the region, which made a bid for him,» — said the Minister of foreign Affairs.

In February, during a visit to Belgrade by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic stated that the authorities plan to continue to buy Russian gas, including through the construction pipeline «Turkish stream».

Vucic has told RIA Novosti in late January that discussed the options that the planned gas Interconnector from Bulgaria to Serbia with a length of 105 kilometers, which should be launched in 2020, took gas from Turkish stream.

The project «Turkish stream» involves construction of a pipeline, consisting of two lines with capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters each. The first line is designed to supply gas to Turkish consumers, it is planned to put into operation in March 2018; the second for the gas supply countries in South and South-Eastern Europe (term of commissioning — 2019). Gazprom is considering options for the continuation of the «Turkish stream» through Bulgaria and Serbia or through Greece and Italy.

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