British Ambassador to Bulgaria Recommends Curbing Energy Dependence on Russia

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Bulgaria: British Ambassador to Bulgaria Recommends Curbing Energy Dependence on Russia British Ambassador to Bulgaria Jonathan Allen, photo by BGNES

British Ambassador to Bulgaria Jonathan Allen has suggested that the most important task for the caretaker government and its successors is to put an end to Bulgaria's dependence on Russia.

In a Tuesday interview for the Bulgarian National Television, he underscored that the EU was ready to help Bulgaria make its energy sector independent.

He said that forecasts about Russia were no easy matter and it was therefore essential to find new energy sources both in Bulgaria and in other EU member states.

Asked to comment on the need to build the South Stream gas pipeline, Jonathan Allen said he could not see how the project supported Bulgaria's goal of achieving energy independence from Russia.

He pointed out that the European Commission had a number of very serious questions for Bulgaria regarding the project, adding that the country had done right to suspend work on the gas pipeline and start drafting its replies to EC.

"If the government says that it stops work on the project and it replies to the EC, I trust the government," he added, as cited by

Asked whether UK citizens were still afraid of a Bulgarian influx, he said that this was old news and reiterated that Bulgarians seeking jobs in the UK were welcome, but not the ones who were only after access to social security.

Jonathan Allen specified that Bulgaria had also taken steps to prevent abuse of its social security system, adding that the rules regulating the sphere were much more stringent than in the UK.

He said that he had recommended to his successor, Ema Hopkins, scheduled to take over duties as British Ambassador to Bulgaria in May 2015, to learn Bulgarian so that she could communicate with the people directly and make up her mind on different issues on her own.

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Todor Zhivkov - 10 Sep 2014 // 08:54:35

"And how is EU and UK going to get independent from Russian gas?"

They have their own shale gas reserves & just like the USA are starting to extract them. By the way, Bulgaria also has huge shale gas reserves its just that the "environmentalists" (paid for by Russia) want to keep Bulgaria energy dependent on Russia.

malak petko - 10 Sep 2014 // 01:27:27

The ambassador proposed a plan for a gas pipeline

1, From Britain via France via Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria... to supply us with British gas..

and another one..

From the ISIS controlled territories under the Mediterranean to Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria

Our President agrees....
The former candidate for NATO presidency Isak Passy said... it is great plan.
but Turkey has to say yes..

Import gas from Mars - 10 Sep 2014 // 01:20:49

And how is EU and UK going to get independent from Russian gas? Import it from Mars?

malak petko - 9 Sep 2014 // 13:44:33

Dear ambassador. We do not trust you. You have to take your share of responsibility of what is going in Ukraine. Because George Soros is you creation. He is the MAN WHO ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND.
And because this butchers in the middle East are grown in you backyard. And we the Bulgarians lived between such butchers for centuries in a sharia based empire. And we have thousands of folk song and stories telling exactly how it was. If someone wants to see it. And it is coming to you. Hypocrisy, for which you are famous, will not help you …..digging heads in the sand will not help you.

malak petko - 9 Sep 2014 // 13:39:48

There was a pirate in the past- Francis Drake. He was criminal but learn to share the wealth and to serve imperial British interests by attacking the communication of the French and Spanish. So he was branded a Hero. Now we have Jorge Soros he is also a criminal and was chased at a time but learned to share the loot and to serve imperial ambitions. So he was forgiven and allowed to control and loot large portions of the world’s economy in exchange of serving as a colonial administration. Like in Bulgaria!!!! We have six prime ministers linked to the Soros network. But the pirates did not represent creative force. They are predators, and like the bankers they do not create wealth. They consume the wealth created by the producers. And they are in constant motion looking for unprotected wealth. To suck and loot. Ukraine is a post-communist society. They does not understand the importance of borrowing from IMF or selling their important infrastructure. They are producers not predators. Russians too. Russia is part of the global economy. It produces goods like metals and fuels that everyone use. So the attacks on Ukraine and the expansion of NATO cannot be examined as a global market expansion. It is a driven by an alliance of global predators, that sense that large portion of unprotected loot is available. And because these predators give jobs to the USA’s military complex and serve the USA’s sentiments as a global empire they are supported and work alongside with USA’s intelligence services.
But they are not constructive force. They are criminals and as such will create unpleasant side effects of unjustis …..violence, robbery and etch. Unfortunately, here we see that EU, being a strange structure of government, that transfers power not from down to up but sideways (lobbying groups) is susceptible of manipulation and is siding with the pirates. In addition, the USA’s government is doing the same. After all this pirates work for the expansion of the American empire…But really??? do they..???,they created hatred and disappoint. Disappointment of America on a grand scale. Soros dig out in Ukraine fascist elements, and relied on them. They did and intent to do a variety of things that will not pass. Russia will have to protect they own folks. Americans have to stop that. Because they will be the one paying. NATO is empty military structure. USA will have to fight for the pirates. The well-controlled media is not exposing how determined are the Russians. And how just is their case. Putin warned the West not to ruin Ukraine and not to use Ukraine as a military base against Russia. And the West is not hearing. DO NOT BE CAPTIVES OF THE MODERN DRAKES… THEY ARE CRIMINALS.

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