The Ukrainian authorities are ready to lease the country’s gas transportation network to all foreign companies, except Russian entities, Naftogaz head Andrei Kobolev said in an interview on Ukrainian television.
Natural gas flows to the European Union from Ukraine through Slovakia were running normally on Tuesday morning, Slovak pipeline operator Eustream said on its website.
Europe could import African gas via Spain to reduce dependency on Russian resources, a Spanish expert believes.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski issued orders on Sunday to cease all work on the South Stream as pipeline project, Interfax reported citing the Bulgarian radio station Darik Radio. Oresharski said that the decision would be in effect until the European Commission completed reviews on whether or not the project meets EU anti-monopoly norms.
The Southern Gas Corridor remains the top priority with regard to Europe's energy security and the European Union (EU) will keep supporting its implementation and expansion, Azernews reported on June 3, citing the head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, ambassador Malen
The Ukrainian government calls upon the European Union to block the construction of a joint with Russia gas pipeline South Stream, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said in parliament on June 3, Ukrinform has reported.
The EU is not going to introduce sanctions against Russia investment in the European energy sector, EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger has said.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has urged the European Commission and the leaders of EU states to start receiving Russian gas on the Russia-Ukraine border, the press service of Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers reported on May 20, ITAR-TASS has said.
Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission (EC) will have a second round of three-party gas talks on May 26, ITAR-TASS reported on May 19.
The implementation of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline will be a good opportunity to diversify the energy supply to EU countries, Malena Mard, head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan told journalists on May 19, Trend has reported.