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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-25

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis announces Greece's participation in new South Stream gas pipeline

  • [01] PM Karamanlis announces Greece's participation in new South Stream gas pipeline

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis announced Greece's participation in the construction of the new South Stream natural gas pipeline, linking Russia with Europe through Greece, after meeting in Istanbul on Monday with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

    Karamanlis said that the pipeline will strengthen energy security and the diversity of natural gas corridors to the European Union. Greece examined the issue with Russia, Bulgaria and Italy and is ready for the project to go ahead, he added.

    "The benefit for all the countries of Europe will be considerable. The pipeline, together with the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline and the Turkey-Greece-Italy natural gas pipeline, will make Greece an international energy centre, not only for oil and electric power, but for natural gas as well," Karamanlis said.

    Karamanlis also referred to the excellent climate existing in relations and in cooperation between Greece and Russia and stressed that what has been agreed on the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline is moving ahead.

    On his part, President Putin stressed his satisfaction over the level of bilateral relations and pointed out that the Burgas-Alexandroupoli pipeline is going ahead.

    He further said that Bulgaria's interest in the natural gas pipeline has been confirmed. He also added that the participation of Greece in the natural gas pipeline as well will give the project extra importance and from which benefits will be obtained for the countries participating and for other countries.

    The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation's (BSEC) summit, held here to mark its 15th anniversary, and focused on Greek-Russian relations. The two leaders expressed their satisfaction over being able to meet each other again.

    At the start of the meeting, Karamanlis said that the frequent meetings certify the good level of relations between the two countries and referred to the recent presence of President Putin in Athens when the agreement on the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipleline was signed. He further said that it was the tangible result of the effort, while the project is forging ahead.

    The Greek prime minister further said that Monday's meeting is an opportunity to discuss cooperation in all sectors, on all issues that have been scheduled, as well as on new ones.

    President Putin said on his part that he felt great satisfaction on seeing the prime minister again, adding that they will have the opportunity to ascertain that previous understandings are being implemented gradually and that progress also exists both on day-to-day and on major issues.

    He further noted that all sides agreed on the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline and now is the time to proceed with the implementation of other phases as well.

    Lastly, he said that it is an opportunity to discuss other issues that are related to the future prospects of the two countries.

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