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Szijjártó dismisses speculation over Bulgaria-Gazprom transit fee dispute

Energy Trade

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó has dismissed as "fake news" speculation in the media that a dispute between Russia's Gazprom and Bulgaria over fees could impact transit deliveries of gas.

"I've spoken with my colleagues in the Bulgarian foreign ministry. I've spoken with Gazprom officials, too. It's fake news, lies," Szijjártó said in a video message posted on Facebook.

"Gazprom has paid Bulgaria its contractual transit fee. There is no matter of dispute between Gazprom and Bulgaria with regard to gas transit, thus Hungary's gas supply remains secure," he added.

He said Hungary is getting 10 million cubic meters of Russian gas a day delivered through the pipeline that runs through Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia.

He added that it is taking delivery of a further 14 million cubic meters daily through a pipeline from Austria and getting 6-9 million cubic meters of Russian gas a day from a pipeline that runs through Slovakia.

Szijjártó said Hungary is getting a daily 19,000-20,000 tonnes of Russian crude through the Druzhba pipeline.

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