Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto: The country is negotiating to buy LNG from the Turkish terminal
BUDAPEST, January 16 – RIA Novosti. Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations, Péter Szijjártó, said that Hungary has started negotiations with Turkey at the company level on the purchase of LNG from the Turkish terminal.
“Of course, diversification is required for the long-term security of gas supply, it is necessary to connect new sources to our energy supply, and it is important to build gas pipelines along new routes. The most real new source is Azerbaijani gas. Besides the liquefied gas entering the Turkish LNG terminal,” he said. Szijjarto at a press conference with Mustafa Varank, Minister of Technology and Industry of Turkey.
“Commercial negotiations have already begun between Turkey’s state-owned oil and gas company MVM on how much of the increasing amount of Turkish gas we can bring to the Hungarian market, and on what schedule,” Szijjártó said. said.
The head of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded that Turkish Stream continues to be the only 100% functioning natural gas pipeline providing supply between the East and the West.
Szijjarto also reiterated the idea expressed earlier on Monday that the EU should participate in the construction of roads for the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, because it is in the interest of the entire region.
Szijjarto said earlier at the meeting of the energy ministers of the Turkish states that the volume of gas coming from Azerbaijan to Europe will double in the coming years, this is the most real opportunity to diversify the European energy supply. The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Hungary is working to diversify its gas supply to the country, but it will not be possible to replace Russian energy carriers in the short term. In addition to increasing Azerbaijan gas imports, Hungary is interested in increasing its LNG supply to the country through the terminal in the Croatian Krk and developing a gas field in Romania.
Earlier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Europe loses Russian energy resources by rejecting them in favor of American ones, because it has to pay 5-10 times more for them. In his view, Europe should ask its “American friends” questions about who wins in this situation.
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