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Serbia launches construction of its part of Turkish stream

Christian Fernsby |
Serbia has started the construction of the part of the Turkish Stream pipeline on its territory before the Bulgarian part is completed, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said at a press conference following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

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"I'm not waiting for Bulgaria to complete its part. We have already started the construction of the Serbian part of the Turkish Stream pipeline," he stressed.

At the same time, the Serbian Foreign Minister expressed hope that the construction of Turkish Stream pipeline on the country's territory will be completed by year-end.

In turn, Sergey Lavrov said that prospects for extending the Turkish Stream in the European direction, including to Serbia, were discussed at the meeting with his Serbian counterpart.

Deputy director of energy policy of the Institute of Energy and Finances, Alexey Belogoriev, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, noted that Serbia plans to complete its part of the Turkish Stream by December 15. "This pipe almost completely coincides with the Serbian section of the South Stream route - it passes from the Bulgarian-Serbian border to the Serbian-Hungarian border. This is no problem as the construction of the national parts of the pipeline doesn't require permission from the European Commission even within the EU," he said.

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