The expected reissuance by the Turkish authorities of the permits, which earlier Gazprom Corp had requested for the South Stream project, doesn’t imply that the Russian company might continue its work over the project in the previous configuration – with a pipeline to Bulgaria.
This is what Gazprom CEO, Alexey Miller, told reporters on Monday in Moscow. According to him, the company’s representatives discuss with their Turkish partners nothing but the construction of a marine gas pipeline to Turkey.
Alexey Miller was asked this question with a view to the recent statements made by Bulgarian leadership on the resumption of the South Stream project. It was scrapped following the decision of the Bulgarian government, made under the Brussels’ pressure, to refuse to issue a permit on the project’s implementation on the country’s territory.