Russia Says Firm No to Change in South Stream Accords
Russia has voiced anew concerns over Brussels calls for reviewing the agreements it has signed with six EU countries, including Bulgaria, on the construction of the South Stream.
"The gas pipeline South Stream project is Russia's major contribution to ensuring Europe's energy security by providing opportunities for diversification of routes for the transport of gas to European countries," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a interview for Serbia's Politics newspaper.
According to Lavrov intergovernmental agreements are an integral part of international law and can not be subject to unilateral revision.
He added that Moscow maintains an active dialogue with the European Commission for exclusing the South Stream project from the Third Energy Package.
In December, the European Commission came out with a statement that bilateral agreements signed between Russia and countries like Bulgaria regarding the pipe are in violation of EU's Third Energy Package.
The package is a set of measures to liberalize the energy market, which includes the requirement that the infrastructure owner be different from the provider, and that different suppliers have access to the pipes.
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"According to Lavrov intergovernmental agreements are an integral part of international law and can not be subject to unilateral revision"-----and what's wrong in Lavrov' statement? And, btw, while Tsar Putin' term, Russia has never violated international laws, when "Democratic Lands" do it on a permanent basis....Hitler, eh?