Slovakia supports the continuation of the transit of gas from Russia through Ukraine, However, in case of realization of the project "Turkish stream" is ready to offer his connection to the pipeline Eastring, told reporters the Minister of foreign Affairs of Slovakia Miroslav laj??k.
"Best and cheapest way for us, for the European Union and the Russian Federation is to continue to apply the transit through Ukraine. Of course this ought to have a consensus between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union ", - explained the diplomat.
As for the project " Turkish stream ", the Minister recalled the position of Slovakia about the fact That if he were to become a reality, Bratislava offers Project Eastring who could link the "Turkish stream" with the energy system of Slovakia and so to solve energy security from North to South. This option, however, according to his statement, is a plan " B ".
"Plan a is still to continue the transit," said laj??k.
The gas pipeline project Eastring prepared Slovakia, must be implemented with the assistance of such countries as Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia, And the EU. The capacity of the pipeline Eastring at the first stage of operation is expected to be 20 billion cubic meters per year, then it is expected to increase gradually up to 40 billion cubic meters. Feature of the project may be the possibility of a bilateral flow of fuel, that is, the supply of raw materials in the reverse direction from the North and West of the continent in the Balkan countries. Investment cost of the first stage is planned in the amount of 1, 14 billion to 1, 52 billion euros.
The project "Turkish stream" involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Turkey across the Black sea, which will take on the Turkish-Greek border to 47 billion cubic meters of gas. It is planned That on the border of Turkey and Greece gas hub will be created, And EU countries are obliged to build their own gas transport capacity For the admission of this gas on its territory.