Matthew Bryza: Europe should have recognized Azerbaijan’s strategic role in gas supply long ago

Matthew Bryza: Europe should have recognized Azerbaijan’s strategic role in gas supply long ago
# 13 November 2008 16:33 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Nijat Mustafayev - APA-Economics. European countries should have understood the strategic role of Azerbaijan in gas supply to the West long ago, said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza.
“We are in favor of Azerbaijan’s further increasing oil and gas output so that it is sufficient for Azerbaijan itself, Georgia, Turkey and Europe,” he added.
Bryza also added that the U.S. supports all regional projects for the construction of pipelines, including the Nabucco Gas Pipeline Project.
“Energy cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia is very important”, he noted.
According to him, even though Russia is fully supplying Europe with gas, it is necessary to create competition in this by identifying other sources, transporting Azeri gas to Europe.
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