Turkish Stream plan criticised by EC Vice President again

EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic

Turkish Stream: For the second time in a week, the European Commission’s Vice President Maros  Sefcovic has publicly criticised  Gazprom’s plans to build a pipeline through Turkey by-passing Ukraine. Speaking at a conference for EU energy ministers in Riga today (February 7), Sefcovic said that Russia should respect existing contracts and direct the necessary volumes of gas supplies on the terms that had already been agreed. Gazprom’s plans for the so-called Turkish Stream pipeline would mean redirecting 50bn m³ of gas away from the Ukrainian pipeline, even though Sefcovic argues that Turkey and her immediate neighbours probably only need about half that amount. The South Stream pipeline through Ukraine was “economically the most sensible option.” Rosbalt