Slovenia Confirms Interest in South Stream Pipeline Project

A delegation of OAO Gazprom led by Chairman of the Management Committee Alexey Miller arrived on a business visit to the Republic of Slovenia. During the visit Alexey Miller had meetings with President of Slovenia Danilo Turk, Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Minister of Economy Matej Lahovnik.

The parties discussed an unprecedented situation evolved because of the obstacles imposed by Ukraine for transportation of the Russian gas to Europe.

Within the scope of negotiations it was noted that these actions of the transit state substantiated necessity to develop immediately the mechanisms for prevention of such crises in energy supplies. The Slovenian party confirmed its interest in the South Stream project. Its implementation would allow to avoid risks for the Russian gas transit, and would reinforce energy security of the European continent as a whole.

During the negotiations Alexey Miller stated that "if the European partners come to us with a proposal to increase the South Stream capacity, we shall consider it."