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Bulgaria in talks for additional gas supplies from Azerbaijan

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Kiril Petkov discussed the possibility of additional Azeri gas supplies to Bulgaria beyond what had already been contracted for the new Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), during a meeting with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev.

“The strategic partnership between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan is a good basis for the development of our cooperation,” said President Aliyev recalling the Declaration on Strategic Partnership signed several years ago.

“I believe that the time has come to turn this document into very tangible results of our cooperation in economic, industrial development, trade, energy, transportation, tourism, high technologies and other fields,” he added, underlining that one of the hottest topics discussed was energy security.

“Of course, our strategic cooperation covers many areas, including energy security,” continued Azerbaijan’s President. “This is currently one of the top topics on the global agenda. […] I am glad that we have established cooperation in the field of energy. There is already a direct line to Bulgaria along the Southern Gas Corridor. This, of course, is long-term cooperation that will have great potential in the future – not only energy but also other areas such as trade, investment, creation of joint ventures, tourism.”

Kiril Petkov reminded that the government will probably remain in its current composition for the next few weeks but there are decisions underway. However, he said to be sure that the next government “will be our government as well”. Thus, the two countries’ Ministers of Energy are expected to agree on the details of possible new supplies.

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