Report: Hungary and Greece sign up to Russian gas pipeline

Int’l Relations

Hungary and Greece have endorsed plans to build a new Russian gas pipeline in the latest blow to EU unity over the Ukraine crisis, wrote EUobserver. 

The foreign ministers of the two countries, Péter Szijjártó and Nikos Kotzias, added their names to a declaration on the “Turkish Stream” project signed in Budapest on Tuesday with counterparts from Serbia, Macedonia, and Turkey.

The text says they “expressed … support to create a commercially viable option of route and source diversification for delivering natural gas from the Republic of Turkey through the territories of our countries to the countries of Central and South Eastern Europe”. It calls for the EU to help fund related infrastructure, claiming that the pipeline “would … make a significant contribution to the overall energy security of Europe and must therefore be a common responsibility of the European Union”, EUobserver said.

Russian president Vladimir Putin last year in Ankara said he will build the Turkish Stream, a pipeline under the Black Sea to Turkey, after the EU blocked construction of the South Stream project, a pipeline which was to run under the Black Sea to Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary.

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