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Turkey Wins Big if Bulgaria Quits Russian Projects

Date: 16.06.2010

Ex Economy and Energy Minister Dimitrov believes the GERB government is making presents to Turkey by giving up on Russian energy projects

Turkey is going to benefit huge if Bulgaria decides to withdraw from any of the large-scale Russian-sponsored energy projects, according to former Economy Minister Petar Dimitrov.

Dimitrov has pointed out that in the recent past Bulgaria failed to attract on its territory the Russian Blue Stream gas transit pipeline, which currently supplies Russian natural gas to Turkey by going under the Black Sea.

He said that the failure of Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear power plant project will boost the development of the first Turkish nuclear plant for which Turkey and Russia recently signed an agreement.

According to the former Minister of Economy and Energy in the Stanishev government (2007-2009), Bulgaria’s refusal to participate in the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil transit pipeline is going kill the project and will pave the way for the alternative route through Turkey, Samsun - Ceyhan.

“Our natural resources are such that we have no oil, gas, or nuclear fuel, i.e. we are dependent on energy imports,” Dimitrov declared before Nova TV Wednesday reiterating the well-known position of the critics of Bulgaria’s current center-right government of the GERB party with respect to the three Russian-sponsored energy projects – the Belene NPP, the Burgas - Alexandroupolis oil pipeline and the South Stream gas transit pipeline.

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