The Bulgarian and Serbian ministers in charge of energy affairs have confirmed that Russian gas supplies through Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia to Hungary were undisturbed and in line with contract, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade said in New York on Wednesday.
Péter Szijjártó said the Serbian minister had assured him that the contracted volume of gas arrived in Serbia and would partly be forwarded to Hungary, the foreign ministry quoted Szijjártó as saying..
Szijjártó said that Bulgarian energy minister Alexander Nikolov had confirmed to him that the contracts on transits would continue to be observed.
Checking the situation personally on Wednesday afternoon CET, Szijjarto found that everything was on schedule with the supply of daily 10 million cubic metres of gas to Hungary.
“For the time being, the operation of the transit route seems to be undisturbed but we will closely monitor the situation and keep in touch with our Bulgarian, Serbian and Russian counterparts,” he said.
Szijjártó reiterated that a significant part of gas supplies arrived in Hungary on the southern route and so it was a major development that Gazprom had recently stopped supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.
However, operator of the Bulgarian network Bulgartransgaz has confirmed that transit supplies would continue to operate regardless of the move, he said.
Gazprom has also confirmed that gas to Serbia and Hungary would continue to be supplied over the pipeline, he added.
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