Serbia urges EU state not to block Russian gas transit — Analysis

Belgrade continues to pay the cost of transiting gas from his country, President Aleksandar Vucic stated

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, has asked neighboring Bulgaria to not stop Russian gas flowing through the TurkStream Pipeline. Sofia announced that it would not renew its contract with Moscow due to the military conflict against Ukraine.

“It’s important to us that Bulgaria doesn’t interrupt the operation of the pipeline,”Vucic added that Sunday’s statement was made by Vucic, adding that the country pays for transit.

“We’re saying that we want the Russian gas from the TurkStream pipeline, so let us take it, we’re paying for it. And what you do is your business, and what you want is your business, we have no issue with it.”

He said that it was uncertain if it would happen. “that easy”Bulgarie to stop Russian gas imports

Vucic stated previously that closing the pipeline would be beneficial. “a complete disaster.”Last year saw the launch of The Balkan Stream. This section runs through Serbia and is part of TurkStream.

Assen Vassilev, the Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, stated Saturday that Russia would not renew their gas agreement with Bulgaria. “During the next [few]There will be European discussions at the European level over weeks about a common European Union gas contract. We expect this mechanism to start functioning in the summer,”Vassilev stated, and added that they were “alternatives”Gazprom, a Russian gas company.

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Azerbaijan began supplying gas to Bulgaria in 2021. Ivan Topchiyski, the chairman of Bulgargaz’s board of directors, said that Sofia was in talks to increase supplies from Baku.

After the Russian attack on Ukraine, February 24, 2016, many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom imposed harsh sanctions on Russia.

Moscow attacked its neighbor following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, had been created to regulate the status of these regions in the Ukrainian state.

Russia demanded Ukraine be declared neutral by the United States and refuse to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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