MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Sefcovic said in the interview with Russian Kommersant newspaper that Moscow did not discuss the decision to cancel the South Stream with its EU partners, and announced the move at the press conference. After this, Sefcovic said, it became clear that Europe needed to find a suitable alternative for gas deliveries to southeastern Europe.
In late 2014, Russia announced decision to cancel South Stream project. Russian energy giant Gazprom said the move was due to the European Commission’s claims that construction of the pipeline would violate EU anti-monopoly laws.
The South Stream will be replaced with the Turkish Stream pipeline, which would deliver gas to a hub on the Turkish-Greek border for further distribution to consumers in southern Europe.