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Bulgaria deliberately holding up TurkStream, says Putin

Christian Fernsby |
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Bulgaria of delaying the construction of its section of the TurkStream gas pipeline.

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He said that Russia could, however, find ways to bypass the country, if necessary.

Despite Sofia repeatedly asking Moscow to implement the gas project “at any cost” after abandoning the South Stream route, Bulgaria is slowing down the construction of the new pipeline under external pressure, according to Putin.

“Well, let’s wait and see how this project is carried out in the future on Bulgarian territory.

If the Bulgarians do not want it, I mean the Bulgarian leaders rather than the Bulgarian people, we will find other ways of delivering on our potential in the south of Europe,” the Russian president said.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov denied any delays were intentional as the country builds 5 kilometers of the pipeline per day on average.

He explained that Sofia started the construction late due to mandatory procedures and hopes that the project will be operational by the end of next year.

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