Bulgaria has not given up on the South Stream gas pipeline project, and the country's relations with Russia are traditionally good, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova told journalists on Tuesday. Petkova attended observances of Miners' Day in Sofia.
"We said at the very beginning that South Stream is a very important project for Bulgaria which will help diversify natural gas routes, but it should be carried out in accordance with EU law. Bulgaria has not given up the project," she said.
Speaking at the same news conference, Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (KRIB) Board Chairman Kiril Domouschiev said: "I am glad that Russia is softening on Bulgaria." Domouschiev was commenting on a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Crimea. "The pipes for South Stream are in the port of Bourgas and they will be used, whether for South Stream, Turkish Stream or some other project, and there will be some benefit for Bulgaria. No one in the business has given up doing business with Russia," he said.