Hungary will participate in the construction of the "South Stream"

2 July 2014 10:48  5273385 074251
Hungary will participate in the construction of the "South Stream"

Hungary will build its section of the "South Stream" gas pipeline, which is a project of the Russian "Gazprom" and bypasses Ukraine.

This was announced by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the "Radio Svoboda" reports.

"Those who say that we should not build the "South Stream" should offer alternatives as to how we should live without power," - he said.

This statement by Orban confirmed the differences in the European Union on this pipeline.

Previously, the European Commission urged the EU member states to resist Russian pressure in the construction of the "South Stream", stating that the contract with "Gazprom" was signed in violation of competition rules.

Last month, Bulgaria froze the construction of this pipeline. But Austrian energy company OMV and Russian "Gazprom" signed a contract to build the Austrian section of the "South Stream" pipeline, which is to supply natural gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine.

The signing took place on June 24 before the talks in Vienna between President Vladimir Putin and Austrian President Heinz Fischer, who discussed the "South Stream" and the crisis in Ukraine.

The OMV said that the project would strengthen the security of energy supplies to Europe.

Ukraine opposes the project.

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