January 2020, Vol. 247, No. 1


Putin Accuses Bulgaria of Holding up TurkStream Pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Bulgaria of deliberately delaying the implementation of Russia’s TurkStream natural gas pipeline on its territory and said that Moscow could find ways to bypass Bulgaria if needed.   Russia is building TurkStream in two lines, with 15.75 Bcm annual capacity each, with first leg aimed at supplying Turkey and the second one running further from Bulgaria to Serbia and Hungary. Russia plans to start the first line next month but the launch of the second one depends on building the needed gas infrastructure by Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. TurkStream and Nord Stream 2 are essential for Moscow to continue gas exp

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