Russian energy expert Konstantin Simonov, head of the Fund for National and Energy Security, said that Bulgaria could discuss with Russia and the European Union for the laying of one pipe of the future TurkStream gas pipeline through its territory.
Simonov said that intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Turkey stipulates that Russia is not obliged to build the second line of the pipeline. Therefore, Bulgaria has the option of making an offer to Russia to build the pipe that will reach Bulgaria, thus making the country a regional gas hub. Simonov said that otherwise Russia will deliver natural gas to Turkey and Bulgaria will have to get it from Turkey. However, Russia believes that Turkey will not re-sell gas to Europe, since it is the owner of the half of the onshore section of the pipeline and it will receive its fee, but there will be no option of re-selling gas to Europe.
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Tags: Balkan, Bulgaria, construction, gas, gas hub, gas pieline, Turkstream