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The EU will discuss the Trans-Caspian pipeline laying in October2011-09-23 16:25
According to information announced today by the co-chair of the Cooperation Committee European Union - Azerbaijan from the EU Gunnar Wiegand, the EU will start negotiations with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on Trans-Caspian pipeline project laying in October of this year. This was reported by "Georgia-News" referring to the Azerbaijani media.
Wiegand recalled that the European Council has approved a mandate to negotiate of the EU with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to conclude a legally binding treaty on the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.
However, the Russian Foreign Ministry was surprised by this decision of the EU, as this may affect the situation in the region. In response to this remark by Russia the European Commissioner for Energy Oettinger had advised Moscow "not to interfere with this project, which is an integral part of the Nabucco".
"For the EU this trans-Caspian gas pipeline project is very important either in terms of diversification of energy supply routes to the European Union or the diversification of export routes for Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan" - Wiegand noted.
He explained that the EU pursues its commercial purposes, without intent to spoil relationships with anyone and not to escalate the situation.
"We just want to diversify our energy market. Azerbaijan, as well as Russia and other countries, wants to diversify its energy exports. But at the same time Russia remains the main supplier of gas to Europe" - concluded Wiegand.