Bulgaria will not negotiate a new natural gas contract with Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom, amid the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Assen Vassilev said Saturday.
“In this situation, there’s no way there are talks with Gazprom,” he told BNR public radio.
The country currently has a 10-year gas supply contract with Gazprom, which runs out at the end of 2022. Bulgaria receives nearly all of its natural-gas supply from Russia.
Sofia is currently searching for alternatives to meet its gas demands, holding talks with third parties, Vassilev revealed. “We have held talks with both Greece and Turkey,” he said, adding that the country may potentially receive natural gas from Azerbaijan through the existing pipeline infrastructure.
“There are alternatives. The old pipes of the Trans-Balkan route,” he explained. “There we have a capacity of about 20 billion cubic meters and it can be used in both directions, we need some three billion cubic meters.”