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Hungary wants Russian gas to flow through Turkey

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that he preferred Russian natural gas to be delivered to Central Europe and Hungary through Turkey.

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"We want the gas to be delivered through Turkey over Serbia to Central Europe and Hungary," he said in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

The remarks came following the second meeting of the Turkey-Hungary High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, co-chaired by Davutoglu and Orban at the Prime Ministry Office at the Hungarian Parliament.

Orban stressed that the recent developments in Ukraine had made Turkey a more significant and valuable country for energy transfer.

"We will face a great uncertainty in case we receive no gas through Ukraine," he said.

Recalling discussions over an alternative route for a new gas pipeline, the Hungarian premier said he preferred a pipeline that would transfer Russian natural gas via Turkey to Hungary.

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu said Ankara was ready to provide any kind of support to Europe, Central Europe, especially Hungary, and other neighbor countries in energy supply.

"We are ready for any cooperation both in natural gas and nuclear energy along with the joint energy activities of our oil companies in third countries like Russia," he said.

Although it was put into effect in 2009, Turkish premier said Nabucco project did not yield the desired result because of the "weakness of the EU's energy perspective."

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