EU should not harm South Stream pipeline partnership, Russia’s Lavrov says

February 4, 2014

Serbia-EU accession negotiations does not harm strategic partnership between Serbia and Russia and “South Stream” project is in accordance with international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in the interview for “Politika” daily, Independent Balkan News Agency reported on February 2.

The European Commission announced it would not depart from the position that agreements on “South Stream” between six EU member states and Russia should be reviewed as they are not in line with EU regulations, while the European Energy Community will deal with Serbia, which has a similar agreement with Russia, Tanjug news agency learned.

Lavrov, however, told “Politika” that “South Stream” is “inseparable part of international law and Brussels cannot revise it unilaterally”.

“For us, it is important that Belgrade’s rapprochement with European Union, which is the official start of accession negotiations … does not harm our partnership as well as the implementation of major projects in infrastructure and economy, including energy sector. We are convinced that our Serbian friends share the same position”, Lavrov stressed in the interview.

Copyright: Independent Balkan News Agency, 2014