Hungarian FM: “We are considering variants regarding gas import from Azerbaijan”

Hungarian FM: “We are considering variants regarding gas import from Azerbaijan”
# 14 January 2015 07:53 (UTC +04:00)

Peter Szijjarto said Hungarian government had proposed to official Moscow that Russia should store more gas in Hungary's underground reservoirs, following the cancellation of Russia's South Stream gas export plan: “With South Stream being cancelled we now have to look for new ways, how to get new sources and new routes into Central Europe. The more gas stored here, the better for us – economically, and regarding energy security," Szijjarto said, adding that no deal has been reached yet on the issue”

Gazprom has already stored up to 700 million cubic meters of gas in Hungary since last year.

He also said Hungary would not sell any of its gas storage facilities to Russia.

Szijjarto said Hungary wanted to tap Russian gas via Turkey as well, and expected intensifying talks with Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia about a potential new pipeline that could follow that route to central Europe.

Azerbaijan remained another possible gas source, he said. Regional cross-border interconnectors along a north-south corridor and possible imports from Croatia via a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal there were also desirable, he added.

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