On December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow was unwilling to continue the implementation of the South Stream project due to the “non-constructive” stance of the European Commission. Later that day Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller confirmed that Russia would scrap the project and had no plans to revive it.
The chairman of Bulgaria's Attack party blames the United States and the European Union for using Bulgaria as a pawn in geopolitical games against Russia. He states that Sofia had to terminate the construction of the South Stream pipeline under Washington's pressure.
Two ranking US senators expressed their pleasure with the termination of the South Stream project and also noted that it would be a "setback" to Russia.
According to experts, the termination of the South Stream project is Russian tool to deal with Europe, because its dependence on Russian oil and natural gas is a potentially powerful strategy.
The US National Security Adviser stated the termination of the South Stream project is an indicator of the great price, the country pays for its policy.
According to a US National Security Council spokesperson, Russia's decision to stop the South Stream project was reasoned by pressure on Russia from different factors, including sanctions.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that Ukraine is glad to see that Russia's South Stream project on gas supply to Europe has been abandoned due to the EU critical stances toward it.
According to a Hungarian analyst, Europe's opposition to the pipeline project has eventually led to the current crisis and will hit hard certain states, but also expressed his hope that the decision is not final.
Like China, Turkey appears to Moscow as an "independent player on the global stage" that will not be easily forced into abandoning its own energy security ambitions in favor of the EU or US political agenda, expert says.
Russia’s decision to divert the ‘South Stream’ from the EU to Turkey triggered various reactions, from panic to concern to a confirmed preliminary awareness.
Russia would be the last in line to suffer from the failure of the project to bring natural gas to central and southern Europe via a new route, a political expert with the University of Zagreb, Croatia, said.
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.
Bulgaria has a chance to win back its energy independence by implementing three gigantic projects: Burgas-Alexandroupoli, South Stream and Belene, the former Bulgarian energy minister said.
According to a source in the European Commission, Bulgaria will not receive any compensation for the South Stream gas pipeline project cancellation.
The European Union needs to diversify not only the channels but also the sources from which it gets energy, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini 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.
Bulgarian lawmaker hopes that it is still possible to reach an agreement with the European Commission on the South Stream gas pipeline project.
The press officer of the European Commission (EU) stated Tuesday that the EU's position on South Stream project remained unchanged and added that all gas pipelines in Europe "must be built in line with EU legislation."
The construction of South Stream gas pipeline would create a lot of jobs and bring profit to Serbia. The project's cancellation under the European Commission's pressure deprived the country of it, the Serbian Gas Association Assembly chief stresses.
Serbia has not done anything to contribute to Russia's decision to curtail the South Stream gas pipeline project; the country has been investing in the project almost seven years, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said.
Russian President Putin said Monday following a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Erdogan that Russia would redirect gas deliveries to other regions due to the European Commission's non-constructive approach to the implementation of the South Stream project.