MOSCOW, 13 Oct – PRIME. The Black Sea is currently a safer supply route than others, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said during Russian Energy Week.
“In the course of contacts and negotiations, such information was conveyed. Of course, the reaction is understandable that everyone is strengthening the security of critical infrastructure facilities. As for the prospects, there is no doubt that the Black Sea is currently a safer route than any other known routes,” Miller said on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel, answering a question about the reaction of Turkish colleagues to information about sabotage attempts against the Turkish Stream.
Turkish Stream is a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea. The design capacity is 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Gas is supplied via Turkish Stream to Turkey and transit through Turkish territory to the countries of Southern and South-Eastern Europe.
Supplies via Nord Stream, which was the main route for gas supplies from Russia to Europe, have been significantly reduced since mid-June due to technical problems caused by sanctions after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, and have completely stopped since the end of August.
A month later, on September 26, damage was discovered on three of the four strings of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, the causes of which have not yet been explained. Nord Stream AG reported that the damage was unprecedented and the repair timeline could not be estimated. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia initiated a case on an act of international terrorism. The European Union is investigating the possible causes of the damage.
Russian Energy Week takes place in Moscow on October 12–14. RIA Novosti acts as an information partner of the forum.