Estonia’s Economic Affairs and Communications Minister, Juhan Parts, has said that the Nabucco project presents the first alternative to Russian gas exports to Europe.
He said on Wednesday that the gas conflict between Ukraine and Russia has shown that alternative systems are needed for the transport of energy resources to the countries of the European Union. He added that Nabucco was the primary project in this regards. He said that time has come for real implementation of this project, adding that the EU must actively promote Nabucco, which is supported by Estonia.
Commenting on the Nord Stream project, Parts said that its implementation was a very serious issue and that his government was concerned about defending the ecology of the Baltic region. He added that no compromises could be made on the issue of the region’s ecology. Estonia is a part of the ESPA convention, which foresees alternative land transport routes with the construction of any pipelines through the Baltic Sea.
Parts added that Estonia was considering partnership with Azerbaijan in the energy sphere in terms of EU interests. He said that Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves had met with Azerbaijan’s Industry and Energy Minister Natik Aliyev and discussed partnership. Parts said that Azerbaijan’s role in providing energy to the EU will increase and enough potential was present for the implementation of such a partnership. (Interfax)