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Europe Needs Alternative Route for Russian Gas Deliveries

15.05.2015 16:49

Along with the "northern" route of gas deliveries from Russia, Europe should have a "southern" alternative such as the planned Turkish Stream pipeline.

After talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Dacic told reporters that his country, along with Hungary, had only one delivery route for the Russian gas at the moment. This route, running through the territory of Ukraine, is expected to be closed in the coming years.

"Europe has only the 'Nord Stream,' but it should have the 'South Stream' as well, call it the 'Turkish Stream' or whatever you like. Our part of Europe should not be cut off from gas deliveries," he said.

"We want Brussels to show a responsible attitude toward energy security issues," the minister said.

Belgrade is interested in joining the project to deliver Russian gas to southern Europe via Turkey and calls on the European Union to clearly determine its stance on the issue.