Bulgaria, BiH 'Only European Countries' Threatened by Gas Crisis

Opinions | May 12, 2014, Monday // 16:12|  views

Pavel Zavalny. Photo by proj.edinros.ru

Bulgaria and Bosnia-Herzegovina will be the only countries to be left with no gas supplies if deliveries via Ukraine come to a halt, the President of the Russian Gas Society argued.

Pavel Zavalny, who heads the non-profit, made the comment at a press conference preceding this week's EU-Russia gas forum in Brussels.

Nothing prevents one from using the depositories on the EU's territory to store gas if Kiev does not pay its debts to Gazprom and supplies via Ukraine come to a halt, ITAR-TASS reported Zavalny as saying. 

Bulgaria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, however, will not be able to rely on the depots, as both have no gas interconnections with Europe.

Zavalny said that European repositories were only half-full and Gazprom could store some 40-50 bcm of gas there (with more than 160 bcm Russian-based deliveries in Europe every years).

He added the Nord Stream could still be used in case of disruption.

Apart from heading the Russian Gas Society, Pavel Zavalny is a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia.

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