Russia will support construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary, said Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban in his interview to Commersant newspaper, which will be published on February 20, 2015. The excerpts from the interview are available on the Commersant web site, reported www.Lenta.ru.
“We have agreed that Russia will support the option of the gas pipeline, which will be built through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary. If all the interested countries agree, then Russia will take part in it. But Russian President Putin that Russia has learned lessons of the past and it will first get the EU permission,” said head of the Hungarian government.
He has also expressed regret for cancellation of the South Stream project. “This is a sad story for us, South Stream pipeline should have been built, but Russia has suspended the project. Mr. Putin has clearly formulated that this has not been done by Russia’s will,” Orban added. Hungarian Premier added that Europe and Russia need to restore political and economic cooperation.
It was announced on February 18, 2015 that Hungary has saved 3 billion Euro, thanks to the gas agreements with Russia. On February 17, 2015 Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban met in Budapest. The sides have discussed the perspectives of construction of the Turkish Stream and prolongation of the gas contract.