Lock the "South stream" had one purpose ? save the transit of gas through Ukraine to the European Union, said the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller.
"What is not given to implement the project "South stream" and refer to the Fact that Gazprom was not ready to work according to the rules of the 3rd energy package and does not violate European law, is a lie. The aim in reality was to maintain the status quo - transit through the territory of Ukraine. No purpose other block the "South stream" in reality, "said Miller, quoted by RIA" Novosti ".
"If someone thinks that blocking and" Turkish stream "they will achieve the goal that someone puts, is a profound mistake," he said." You have to understand that 90% of gas transit from Russia via Ukraine to the European Union - it was a gift of the Soviet Union Ukraine, which Ukraine received in early 90-ies. But When the gift begin to apply as a tool of manipulation - so in reality can't last, " - said the head of Gazprom." Begin build ( "Turkish" ), as soon as we get all the approvals, " said Miller, quoted by the news Agency." Turkish stream ", (to be held) under the Black sea, We have no need to discuss with European partners. We will construct it and we will wait. When you do, Then do it. Temporary risks is the responsibility of the European Union, "drew the attention of Miller, adding that" as long as required and we will wait ". Remember, December 1, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country cannot in the current circumstances to continue implementation of the " South stream ". At the same time, Moscow and Ankara have agreed on the construction of offshore gas pipeline to Turkey and the establishment on the borderline with Greece gas hub for customers in southern Europe. The capacity of the new pipeline will be 63 billion cubic meters, of which about 50 billion cubic meters is expected to put on a new gas hub on the Turkish-Greek border. Gas at the first gas pipeline in the amount of fifteen, 75 billion cubic meters will go to the Turkish market, shipments are expected to begin in the early winter of 2016.