The German government will protect the interests of the German business regarding the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline and expects that all problems associated with it will be successfully solved.
Another Russia-European Union meeting to address the issue of gas supplies to Europe and transit through Ukraine may be held on July 17-18, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said to journalists on Friday. "The exact date has yet to be set. Most likely, it will be on July 17 or 18," he said, adding that the meeting would be held in Moscow.
When coordinating with international organizations, Russia has many times insisted that, in these these incidents' investigation "it would be ideal if involvement of independent experts in these procedures is ensured, as there are more than enough reasons to suspect Ukrainian security people of concealing facts," Lavrov said. However despite all political differences Russia is willing to cooperate and work on the Ukrainian stalemate's resolution together with its western partners, Lavrov hinted.
A contract on constructing a gas pipeline for the South Stream project in Serbia worth 2.1 billion euros ($2.9 billion) has been signed in Belgrade, the Serbian state-owned gas company said Wednesday.
Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, says the South Stream project must be implemented in conformity with earlier intergovernmental agreements. "We are convinced that all artificial barriers hampering the implementation of the South Stream project should be removed, while the intergovernmental agreements signed must be abided by," the minister stated firmly at a press conference in Slovenia.The European Commission will hopefully re-launch the contact group's work which had been in charge of these issues, Lavrov added.
Сentrgaz, a subsidiary of Russia’s Gazprom, has signed a contract with South Stream d.o.o after winning a tender for the construction of Serbia’s section of the South Stream gas pipeline, Gazprom said in a statement on Tuesday.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin will meet with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on July 8 for talks on cooperation in energy and other sectors. "During the meeting, Putin and Vucic will exchange views on the prospects for further strengthening the political dialogue between Russia and Serbia," the Kremlin said in a report on Monday. Putin and Vucic are expected to discuss trade and economic cooperation, cultural and humanitarian relations, and contacts in international affairs, the Kremlin said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to visit Slovenia for a working visit on 8 July. Implementation of the South Stream project is expected to be one of the main subjects to be discussed during the visit. In the run-up to the talks in Slovenia, the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out the need for Russian investments in that country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a visit to Bulgaria called on the European Commission to again take up talks with Russia over the South Stream gas pipeline project. Russia is ready for "constructive dialogue," Lavrov said after talks with Bulgarian leaders in Sofia. Moscow expects that the European Commission-Russia working group over the South Stream pipeline project will resume its work, said Russian Foreign Minister earlier.
Moscow expects that the European Commission-Russia working group over the South Stream pipeline project will resume its work; consultations are already getting under way, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "Regrettably, the activity of this working group was frozen at the behest of Brussels.
Russia is ready for a fruitful dialogue on the South Stream pipeline's construction with all parties concerned, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Bulgaria's Focus news agency. He stressed that Russia and European consumers, including Bulgaria, would equally benefit from South Stream. Europe should avoid being used in someone's interests to prevent our common continent from falling hostage to short-sighted and ideology-driven approaches, he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a working visit to Sofia on Monday at the invitation of the Bulgarian side. The upcoming talks are expected to focus on the South Stream gas pipeline project following Bulgaria's recent suspension of its section of the pipeline. Lavrov is planning to meet with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin, President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Bulgaria and Slovenia on July 7 and 8. The South Stream gas pipeline project will be among the key matters on which his negotiations in Bulgaria and Slovenia are to be focused.
Hungary is not planning to turn down the project for the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, despite the fact that official Budapest in general supports Kiev, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at news conference during his visit to Belgrade, informs ITAR-TASS.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes the West will stop forcing its principles on other countries, making a "world barracks" out of the international stage. "I hope pragmatism will triumph after all. The West will rid itself of the ambitions and desire to put a 'world barracks" in place, to line all up by ranks and to force uniform rules of conduct and living on society," Putin stated. "I hope the West will build relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect, taking each others' interests into account," the Russian president said to ambassadors and permanent envoys at a conference on Monday.
Italy has always regarded the South Stream project plans to supply Russian gas across the floor of the Black Sea to Bulgaria and then ashore for onward transit to Greece, Italy and Austria as a strategic project for Europe, Italy's state secretary for European affairs, Sandro Gozi, said in an interview with ITAR-TASS on Monday.
The West does not favor the implementation of the South Stream gas pipeline as it fears losing control over Ukraine's gas transit network, the Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, in an exclusive interview on Friday.
The recent frictions between Gazprom and the European Union over the South Stream gas pipeline project have raised the question whether at all it's going to be completed. Numerous research offers different scenarios, from most favorable to the ones described as “the divorce of the century,” which may turn South Stream into Russia's version of Nabucco. However, most analysts are rather optimistic in their forecasts
From the very start of the South Stream story, when the Chief Executive Officer of Italy's Eni Paolo Scaroni and Gazprom's Vice-Chairman Alexander Medvedev signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a new natural gas pipeline in Rome seven years ago, the rival Nabucco pipeline was considered to be the key implication that the project might see in the future.
Europe's energy independence from Russia is impossible in the short term, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Wednesday, June 25, at a roundtable on EU energy security. However he reiterated Europe's position that the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline should be suspended until it was brought in line with the EU rules. The European Commission in November 2013 began studying the agreements signed by Russia and South European countries for the construction of the South Stream pipeline for their compliance with the Third Energy Package, which Russia has already contested in the World Trade Organisation.