The Russian company Gazprom reached the decision to have the TurkStream gas pipeline go through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia. These countries have started preparing for the project, writes Russian newspaper Komersant, as reported by Sputnik.
As said, the first deliveries of gas to Bulgaria and Serbia will begin in 2020, and Russian gas is to reach Hungary a year later, which will enable the Russian company to stop delivering gas through Ukraine in 2022.
Komersant writes that this is practically identical to the South Stream, a project which was discontinued in 2014 by the EU under pressures from the USA.
As said, this time, it will be much more complicated to have the project stopped, as Gazprom is fully complying with the EU laws.
Although Greece is also supposed to connect to the pipeline, according to Komersant, it is not yet quite clear what the arrangement will look like. It is assumed that Greece will connect to the pipeline through Bulgaria or replace Azerbaijani gas with Russian gas after the TAP pipeline is built, which is also planned for 2020.