EU "offered Russia to build pipeline bypassing Serbia"
Ivica Dacic says he learned "from Russian colleagues" that EU officials "offered Russia to build a gas pipeline dubbed Eastern Ring."Izvor: Tanjug
This pipeline would go through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia - bypassing Serbia.
"If what I heard today is true, this calls for very serious talks with the European Commission about their attitude towards Serbia, its interests and the interests of its citizens," the Serbian foreign minister told Serbian journalists after meeting Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller in St. Petersburg.
Brussels did everything for the South Stream project, according to which Serbia would have been a transit country, to fail, he noted.
"When Russian gas should go to Serbia, this is a political problem, but when it should go to Western and Northern Europe, than this is economy which has nothing to do with politics," Dacic pointed out.
He also said that in talks with Miller he once again stressed Serbia is committed to continuing cooperation with Russia's energy giant.
"Miller told me that they would tomorrow (Friday) sign a memorandum with the Greek government to form a joint company for gas distribution, which means that there are some real outlines after all that this future pipeline could go via Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and further to Hungary and Austria," he noted.
Dacic is taking part in St. Petersburg Economic Forum that will last until June 20.