Bulgaria refused to negotiate a new contract with Gazprom

Thermal power plant in Sofia, Bulgaria. Archive photo

Bulgaria will not discuss with Gazprom conclusion of a new gas contract, reported the website of the government of the Republic with reference to the Deputy Prime Minister for economic policy Hristo Alexieva.

“Deputy Prime Minister clearly stated that the Bulgarian government does not intend to negotiate about a new short, medium or long-term contract with “Gazprom export”, and just talking about getting the volumes under the current contract,” — said the press service following the meeting, Alexieva with the head of the energy Directorate of the European Commission Ditte Yul-Jorgensen.

The Vice Premier stressed that the interim government to address these issues in any case will not be.

“Just the usual, the Cabinet and Parliament can accept new future obligation,” — said Alexey.

In the negotiations with the Bulgarian side has assured the EU that will participate in international tenders for the purchase of liquefied natural gas. The start procedure will give the current government, however the final decision will be elected the Cabinet. Sofia expressed interest to participate in the joint purchase of energy European countries.

“Gazprom” from April 27 suspended gas supplies Bulgarian company “Bulgargaz” because of non-payment in rubles. Moscow moved to settlements for gas in the national currency with unfriendly countries on April 1.

Vladimir Putin stressed that the refusal of payment in rubles, Moscow will be considered a breach of contract.

In late June, the Bulgarian Cabinet of Ministers headed by Kiril Petkov resigned due to a government crisis. Early elections are scheduled for October 2.