Bulgaria Wants to See South Stream Built
Vladimir Putin’s sudden and unilateral decision to drop South Stream has been a major hit for Bulgaria.
Instead of bypassing Ukraine via Bulgaria and bringing Russian gas directly to southeastern Europe, the gas, he said, will be sent to Turkey under a project named Turkish Stream. In his words, Bulgaria had lost an opportunity to earn €400 million in annual gas transit fees and billions in investment.
The general opinion among Bulgarians is that Bulgaria and its people were simply used as the “pawn” in the chess power game of the EU/US vs Russian gas interests…
“We cannot turn the page on South Stream until Russia’s stance is made clear,” insisted Minister of Economy Bozhidar Lukarski referring to the fact that Bulgaria so far hasn’t received an official note from Russia about the cancellation of the pipeline.
Editor: what we do know is that Russia would much prefer building South Stream than Turk Stream, as Europe is hands down the best customer, paying the highest prices. And then there is the issue of shared destiny, something that the US wants to prevent at all cost. Many high-ranking politicians, like Gabriel, Juncker, Schroeder and others have expressed their hope that some day South Stream could be built after all. It is a matter of standing up against the imperial overlord and getting rid of the idiot of Berlin.
[euractiv.com] – A majority of Bulgarians want South Stream to be built
[euractiv.com] – Putin: We haven’t given up the South Stream project (Feb 2015)
[euractiv.com] – Borissov warns of Bulgarian energy ‘catastrophe’
[bloomberg.com] – Hungary Opens the Way for South Stream as Orban Defies EU