“Strange things” are happening in the European energy market, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said, commenting on Bulgaria’s introduction of an additional fee for the transit of Russian gas.
Vučić recalled that Serbia and Hungary made a joint statement yesterday in connection with Sofia’s decision. It includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations of Hungary, Peter Szijjártó, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Sinisi Mali. notedthat Bulgaria’s actions jeopardize the security of energy supplies to their countries and contradict European solidarity.
“Orban and I approved it – strange things are happening, gas is jumping again, oil is jumping again. The day after the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we agreed not to allow diesel prices to increase, no matter how much we have to pay for it,” Vucic said during a visit to China. His words transmits Tanyug agency.
On October 14 it became known that the Bulgarian authorities accepted a law that introduces an additional fee for the transit of Russian gas to other European countries. The duty will be 20 Bulgarian leva ($10.76) per 1 MWh, which corresponds to about $111 per 1000 cubic meters. m of gas. Bulgaria does not purchase Russian gas directly, but it is a transit country for further supplies to Europe – Hungary, Serbia, as well as other countries in southern Europe. Bloomberg noted that Sofia’s decision became another irritating factor for an already turbulent market: the cost of gas in Europe has increased in recent days, including against the backdrop of the worsening Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which poses a threat to supplies from some countries.
The day before in China passed negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The meeting was also attended by Gazprom Chairman of the Board Alexey Miller and the head of the corporationRosatom» Alexey Likhachev. Orbán thanked Putin for “Rosatom“remains a partner of Hungary and that “Gazprom» fulfills obligations under agreements.