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South Stream 'Failure' Chance for Europe to Stop Dependence on Russia: Kiev

© East News / Mikhail Metzel/AP/XMIM101A worker does the preparation work for welding the first section of the South Stream pipeline in Anapa, Russia
A worker does the preparation work for welding the first section of the South Stream pipeline in Anapa, Russia - Sputnik International
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The "failure" of the South Stream project is a sign of Europe's recovery from its dependence on Russian gas, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Cancellation of the South Stream gas pipeline project spells a disaster for the Baltic States, as well as Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria, the marketing director of Czech gas company said. - Sputnik International
Europe May Face 'Disaster' Due to South Stream Cancellation: Czech Company
MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) — The closure of the Russian South Stream gas pipeline will help Europe reduce energy dependence on Russia, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

"The failure of the South Stream is a sign of Europe's recovery from its dependence on Russian gas and a chance to eliminate side effects — Russia's attempts to manipulate the European policy," the spokesperson Yevhen Perebyinis wrote on his Twitter page.

December 1, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the fifth meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council in Ankara. - Sputnik International
Putin:Russia Cannot Continue South Stream Construction in Current Situation
On December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was unwilling to continue the implementation of the South Stream pipeline because of the European Commission's "non-constructive" stance. Later in the day Alexey Miller, the CEO of Russia's energy giant Gazprom, confirmed that Russia was closing the South Stream project and had no plans to revive it.

In 2012, Gazprom announced the construction of a South Stream pipeline across the Black Sea to reduce the chances of Russian gas being delivered to central and southern Europe through Ukraine being interrupted. The pipeline was expected to be fully operational by 2018.

South Stream construction kicks off - Sputnik International
European Commission's Position on South Stream Remains Unchanged

The European Commission assumed a critical stance toward the project claiming that it violated the EU Third Energy Package, which stipulates that pipelines in its member countries cannot belong to natural gas producers. Moscow insists that the construction of the pipeline does not contradict the regulations.

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