Bulgaria ‘hopes’ to receive Russian reply on gas hub proposal – minister

Bulgaria was hoping to receive a Russian answer to its proposal to build a gas hub in the country by late-July, at the next meeting of the intergovernmental working group on energy issues, Bulgaria’s Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television on June 22.

Petkova attended the St Petersburg international economic forum last week, where she met with Russian counterpart Alexander Novak to present the Bulgarian proposal. She said that the Bulgarian delegation was given reassurances that Russia would examine the proposal, which she described as an “encouraging sign”.

Bulgaria’s gas hub proposal dates back to December 2014, and was made shortly after Russian president Vladimir Putin announced the cancellation of the South Stream gas pipeline during a visit to Turkey, blaming authorities in Sofia, in particular, for the project’s failure.

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