Bulgaria declares readiness to halve gas supplies from Russia


Before she even managed to complete the “due to her” section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline (called Balkan in Bulgaria), Sofia had already started talking about the upcoming “diversification of energy supplies”, and specifically, her intention to abandon half of the previously planned supplies of “blue fuel "from Russia. The reasons for this turn are quite understandable and lie on the surface, but its consequences may well become a rather unpleasant surprise for a country that does not care about fulfilling its obligations.


While in Washington, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova made a rather unexpected statement: according to her, by the end of 2020 Sofia will cut its supply of Russian gas by half. The missing half of the country's annual consumption, which is today 3 billion cubic meters, will be, according to the minister, compensated by supplies from Azerbaijan and purchases of liquefied natural gas. Given that Ms. Petkova declared such things during a meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Francis Fannon, Deputy Energy Minister Mark Menezes and representatives of American energy companies, it’s easy to guess the country of origin of LNG, which the Bulgarian side intends to purchase.

In principle, something like this was to be expected after Deputy Head of the US State Department David Hale, who visited Sofia at the very beginning of January of this year, spoke very specifically and frankly:

Washington is categorically against the construction of the second string of the Turkish Stream and will do everything in its power to ensure that this project is never realized!

However, these words are also nothing more than a repetition of the speeches of the head of the White House, conducted by him in front of any accessible audience. For example, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Donald Trump called on all European countries to “refuse to supply energy from unfriendly states” and to switch entirely to American LNG, since only he “is able to provide them with true energy security”. The United States will spare no effort to cut the gas pipeline carrying our “blue fuel” to Southeast Europe. At the same time, they quite expectedly affect Sofia as the weakest link in its supply chain, a country with the least independent foreign policy and the most external-controlled power.

Making curtsies in the direction of Washington, in Bulgaria they somehow forget that cooperation with the Russian Gazprom is carried out according to the “take or pay” formula. In any case, as far as it is known, in 2012 representatives of Bulgargaz signed a ten-year contract with the Russian exporter on these conditions. Of course, this rule does not apply to all consumption. But even if we take as a starting point that it concerns 80% of the “blue fuel” contracted by Sofia, we get a volume of 2,3 billion cubic meters, and not 1,5. Consequently, at today's prices of European hubs, Bulgaria will have to fork out about $ 100 million for Washington’s own unfulfilled promises and a desire to “bend” lower before Washington. And at the same time to buy the same gas elsewhere and at a higher price.

Is the payment for another attempt of this country to sit on all chairs at once too big?
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  1. mat-vey 4 February 2020 17: 07 New
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    I’m not worried about Gazprom, but bros in their role.
    1. St Petrov 4 February 2020 17: 09 New
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      bros in his role.

      this is a disease of Svidomo. Countries that do not decide anything also want to decide something. Even make-believe. Even when they told you what and where to say. Even if you need to bark at the Russian girl - well, then what will happen, they are brothers. Forgive. They will understand and forgive.

      Liquefied gas with molecules of freedom is not stiff from Mordor.

      The United States will spare no effort ...

      - to protect the sovereignty of Ukraine
      - to protect the sovereignty of Georgia
      - to protect the sovereignty of Belarus

      Although .. Everyone remembers about Georgia, right? wassat And these will catch a lesson.

      Today he commented on the news about the cooperation between Belarus and Washington and Lukashenko’s words about warming.

      Selyuk success. Svidomizm kills. The rule works for all shards of the Empire. But in order to understand and feel this, one must make friends with America. Yanukovych / Saakashvili already with experience, Lukashenko so far without. Russia with Crimea and Abkhazia, but so far without Minsk.


      News arrived from Svidomo bros on the background. Washington's scale of work is impressive. A world gopar such with experience.


      1. seti 4 February 2020 17: 19 New
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        Dig deeper. Just mattresses can "work" with foreign elites and shove them to the real levers of power and we do not. For us it is immoral .. Probably in vain .. For the people they decide. And when the bastards are in power for a long time, then the opinion of the people is divided. In general, the principle of the Romans about "divide and conquer" is alive.
        1. St Petrov 4 February 2020 17: 23 New
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          They decide for the people.

          for the people of Ukraine and Bulgaria, and there is still a whole list, like countries. in this context.
          They would love to think and decide for us, too, but the power of persuasion is enough only for fragments.

          And when the bastards are in power for a long time, then the opinion of the people is divided.


          and that’s how everyone deserves it. For business. Here, Yeltsin was not just like that either. He was necessary - as the evil that they deserve their position. The talkers in the kitchen about how little the CPSU gives. Against this background, we then woke up from the dope of "freedom and democracy", chose an intelligent ruler.

          So this should be eaten.

          PS and we don’t need this kind of work with the elites (to fill them with grants - they are like a weather vane - who has a bigger grant - but here we can’t compete with America). Let the liquefied gas hawala. America is not eternal. She already has problems.
          1. Grandfather Crimea 4 February 2020 19: 02 New
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            That's right, who has not yet understood with whom he is dealing, in the siu pose. Uncle Sam in this sense knows the pleasure to the fullest.)))))
            1. Xnumx vis 4 February 2020 20: 09 New
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              Quote: Grandfather Crimea
              -to the pose of siu. Uncle Sam in this sense knows the pleasure to the fullest.)))))

              Negroes, sir, they are!
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        2. Lipchanin 4 February 2020 19: 14 New
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          Quote: seti
          Just mattresses can "work" with other people's elites and shove them to the real levers of power, but we do not.

          With the "elite" their press is working.
          We won’t be able to buy so much
          1. lis-ik 4 February 2020 22: 00 New
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            Quote: Lipchanin
            theirs

            There is no such word in Russian.
            1. Golovan Jack 4 February 2020 22: 13 New
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              Quote: lis-ik
              Quote: Lipchanin
              theirs

              There is no such word in Russian.

              Well, yes, of course (s).

            2. Lipchanin 4 February 2020 22: 40 New
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              And I’m not writing a dictation in Russian.
              Don't like don't eat
        3. AnderS 5 February 2020 12: 25 New
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          It’s immoral for us ..
          Are you laughing? For whom is this for you? For their people, raising the retirement age is not immoral, but is it immoral to push someone else's lured "elites" to power? He just sees the eye, but the tooth is numb ... As I understand it, either in Russia no one does it, because it’s easier stupidly to withdraw money for a hillock than to create and organize NGO activity in a country, hold seminars with the youth of this country, find and invite promising politicians to study in Russia, work with the opposition (all this also needs money, but why do they need it to spend on some extraneous "elites" when they can be successfully stolen with success just like that?), or do the next, unresponsive handshakes, like Rogozin, Mutko and others ...
      2. pytar 4 February 2020 18: 30 New
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        News arrived from Svidomo bros on the background. Washington's scale of work is impressive. A world gopar such with experience.

        All bad, we are the only white fluffy! Fashington is to blame for everything, and of course these traitors are "brothers"!
        Have you ever wondered? Gazprom entity is an oligarchic conglomerate, under the guise of a state? Rockefeller has shares in it for several billion dollars! Monopolists are always merciless! And to strangers and to their own! Only healthy competition can make the ego calm its exorbitant greed!
        1. St Petrov 4 February 2020 18: 38 New
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          All bad, we are the only white fluffy! Fashington is to blame for everything, and of course these traitors are "brothers"!


          100% Pro Fashington is to blame - directly those who are so ironic - I would mark. So as not to try to continue dialogue.

          Gazprom entity is an oligarchic conglomerate, under the guise of a state?


          laughing I missed here your descriptions of other gas and oil companies in the world
          Where can I read about BP, Shell, Total? I want to read how you send them the rays of rainbow and goodness - describing the principle of their work and how to put them as an example of the work of Gazprom.

          1. pytar 4 February 2020 19: 40 New
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            I missed here your descriptions of other gas and oil companies in the world. Where can I read about BP, Shell, Total?

            Immediately deal with him, as soon as and if there are monopolists in my country! laughing
        2. Lipchanin 4 February 2020 19: 17 New
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          Quote: pytar
          Have you ever wondered? Gazprom entity is an oligarchic conglomerate, under the guise of a state? Rockefeller has shares in it for several billion dollars! Monopolists are always merciless! And to strangers and to their own!

          Well, why this passage pr "Gazprom"
          called on all European states to “refuse to supply energy from unfriendly states” and completely switch exclusively to American LNG

          Well, how does this relate to?
          Only healthy competition
          1. pytar 4 February 2020 20: 59 New
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            Dear Sergey hi I explain:
            So far, Gazprom has held 100% of gas supplies to Bulgaria. Monopol! yes
            Donald Trump called on all European countries to “abandon energy supplies from unfriendly states” and to switch entirely to American LNG

            Apparently Trump wanted the United States to become a monopolist! laughing Donald said so what? And what's the point to us, changing one monopolist to another? request
            And the Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria, in the person of Minister T. Petkov, said:
            Stop! stop Free 50% of the market for other suppliers! Let them come, and if their prices are competitive, we will buy from them! Only healthy competition!
            Well, how does this relate to?

            That's how it all relates to one another! bully
            1. Lipchanin 4 February 2020 21: 09 New
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              Quote: pytar
              And what's the point to us, changing one monopolist to another?

              But you change laughing
              In recent years, what time?
              Either you refuse to build, then your main team flies to the GDP and swears that you will build. Now refuse gas.
              Tell me what it's called?
              And where did you get the idea that gas from a puddle would be cheaper?
              That’s how it all relates to one thing!

              It?
              “Refuse to supply energy from unfriendly states” and without exception switch exclusively to American LNG

              Well, then in the case the concept of competition is some other
              1. pytar 5 February 2020 10: 05 New
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                But you change

                Sergey, over the past 100 years, you managed to turn 3 times over 360 times. your whole country! fellow
                Either you refuse to build, then your main team flies to the GDP and swears that you will build. Now refuse gas.

                And you listen to the latest sayings, your ... In plain text, he says who refused because the EC conditions were not established. And it's not us ... bully
                Tell me what it's called?

                First look at yourself before throwing stones at others ... wink
                Well, then in the case the concept of competition is some other

                You know, every seller wants customers to switch exceptionally on his goods. But Trump and Gazprom did not succeed. laughing
        3. riwas 5 February 2020 05: 59 New
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          Only healthy competition

          What is the competition? A priori, Russian pipe gas is cheaper than liquefied American.
          1. pytar 5 February 2020 09: 52 New
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            A priori, Russian pipe gas is cheaper than liquefied American.

            And why then is it more expensive? Is there more profit? wink
          2. riwas 7 February 2020 06: 10 New
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            And why then is it more expensive?

            So obviously no need to lie. This is a well-known fact - pipe gas from the Turkish stream is sold cheaper than liquefied American.
    2. Chaldon48 4 February 2020 18: 09 New
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      They need to be beaten and beaten hard, they don’t understand the other, not the people but the variable sum. This does not mean that I urge to open hostilities against Bulgaria, but simply turn a blind eye to another case when they fall into a meat grinder.
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    3. pytar 4 February 2020 18: 21 New
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      I’m not worried about Gazprom, but bros in their role.

      Dear Matvey hi "fat cats" managing Gazprom, neither we nor you bro! If they can rip off 3 skins from consumers, they will rip off without an idea!
      1. St Petrov 4 February 2020 18: 29 New
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        fat cats "managing Gazprom, neither we nor you bro!

        This is the logic of Selyuk. No offense. Gazprom saturates the budget (Russian women, yes, not Bulgaria). So reading such opuses, my eye begins to twitch.

        This does not mean that I urge to open hostilities against Bulgaria, but simply turn a blind eye to another case when they fall into a meat grinder.


        in solidarity. Of course, it’s not an option to put on a par with Poland, but the bros are on the right track. The main thing under the hood was that the norm was also whispered in the USA) There is no difference from the Pole, yes.



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        2. antivirus 4 February 2020 19: 20 New
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          Gazprom saturates the budget (Russian women, yes, not Bulgaria). So reading such opuses, my eye begins to twitch.

          Gazprom will have to cut imports from Germany to the Russian Federation "for the happiness of the Germans" - it will take its own machine
        3. pytar 4 February 2020 19: 47 New
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          Gazprom saturates the budget (Russian women, yes, not Bulgaria).

          Yes, I do not mind, half of my relatives are Russians. fellow And how is it? Saturated? I mean the budget ...? laughing Mdaa ... obviously, the budget is not the same ... what
          1. St Petrov 4 February 2020 22: 13 New
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            And how is it? Saturated? I mean the budget ...?


            of course. we are not Selyuki. Russia alone has more billions in its piggy bank than yours and several neighboring countries stand in a bundle. Well, I, too, no offense, but in the sense of having stock.

            Gazprom is involved. Even to convert $ received for gas / oil into gold. Don’t look at the success of Gazprom - this is the success of Russia and vice versa.



            for objective reasons, this does not make me a millionaire, but it does my country strong и independent

            I would wish your country the same, but we are adults.

            1. pytar 5 February 2020 09: 50 New
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              I am happy for your country, it is part-time and mine. smile The truth is I don’t see anything from this wealth in real life, but as you rightly said - for objective reasons, some have, while others do not. Particularly pleased with the poster with a photo of the General Secretary. I remembered how their portraits hung on the walls of classrooms and on the plenums of the party ... laughing
  2. Sergey39 4 February 2020 17: 08 New
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    "specifically - about the intention to abandon half of the previously planned deliveries of" blue fuel "from Russia."
    For God's sake. Let the main gas pipeline be completed further. And they themselves are buying a path even on Mars. The master is the master.
  3. Lamata 4 February 2020 17: 09 New
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    Yes, bros)))) to spite the grandmother frostbitten ears
  4. Dmitry Potapov 4 February 2020 17: 11 New
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    Well, Stockholm arbitration a priori is already on our side.
    1. Lamata 4 February 2020 17: 23 New
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      very doubtful
      1. Dmitry Potapov 4 February 2020 17: 27 New
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        I apologize for not taking your sense of humor into account! Sorry!
        1. Lexus 4 February 2020 17: 44 New
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          It's normal with us with b / w. You’re right, Stockholm arbitration is precisely with “our side” ... fumbles winked
  5. Olya Tsako 4 February 2020 17: 13 New
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    Shaw did lasers on spaceships break? The question is solved by the simplest methods and available methods.
    1. Dmitry Potapov 4 February 2020 17: 29 New
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      "This is not our method!"
  6. IC
    IC 4 February 2020 17: 14 New
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    The work of the State Department is visible. Where is our Foreign Ministry? It can be seen besides the statements of Ms. Zakharova, there is no sense in him.
    1. St Petrov 4 February 2020 17: 19 New
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      The work of the State Department is visible.

      liquefied gas reception terminals built in Europe with US supply now accept tankers with Russian liquefied natural gas - I consider this a success.


      1. Lexus 4 February 2020 17: 40 New
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        accept tankers with Russian liquefied gas

        It was nice to study the long list of "owners", beneficiaries of the "Russian" liquefied natural gas, before rejoicing. When they open the "terminal" for the reception of donor organs from "utryakalok", will this also be a success?
        1. Golovan Jack 4 February 2020 17: 49 New
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          Quote: lexus
          It was nice to study the long list of "owners", beneficiaries of the "Russian" liquefied natural gas

          So study. Then report what and how. And you stir up all the water and push it in the mortar - then you are wrong, and this is not so negative

          Quote: lexus
          When will open the "terminal" for the reception of donor organs from the "Uryakalok"

          Balamouth, article fool
          1. Lexus 4 February 2020 18: 07 New
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            So study. Then report what and how.

            I am not a teacher at a school for children with "developmental disabilities" and not a circus clown. Data is in the public domain. Do not be lazy, find yourself. Only more thoroughly. And not with my eyes closed. If I do this, you will remain in a very unsightly form.
            Balamouth, article

            Before you hang tags on others, look at your "article" ... And only then fool and do it. I won’t make up the company. stop
            1. Golovan Jack 4 February 2020 18: 18 New
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              Quote: lexus
              It was nice to study the long list of "owners", beneficiaries of the "Russian" liquefied natural gas, before rejoicing

              You said? Have you already studied? Especially -

              Quote: lexus
              Data - publicly available

              So drop the muddy water. They said “A” - say “Be” too yes

              Balamouth. Article. Vague laughing

              Quote: lexus
              I am not a teacher in a school for children with "developmental disabilities" and not a circus clown

              The first is obvious, the second is in doubt. When rummaging around from here - try, what if it works out?
        2. St Petrov 4 February 2020 18: 13 New
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          It was nice to study the long list of "owners", beneficiaries of the "Russian" liquefied natural gas, before rejoicing.

          Lexus is not on the list, it means that it is the olegarchs, not the people, so it does not need to be done. Not tired of carrying more game? she cradles her and she forgets the whole interior of your fashionable car

          I, so that you feel sad even more because of lost profits. Because of you unrealized success. Consider the leaked benefit from your pocket directly to the Budget and to all shareholders and workers (well, to all these left-wing characters)

          Russia in February became the largest supplier of LNG to Europe


          it remains only to let a mean tear. And print a sheet about the struggle of the classes, to the joy of capitalism. Copy from somewhere from Semin’s website and how to paste, so that cotton-wool don’t forget their place

    2. Lipchanin 4 February 2020 17: 37 New
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      Quote: IMS
      Where is our Foreign Ministry?

      Not tired?
      What can the Foreign Ministry do ????
      What are his leverage pressures ???
      Also drag the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At least those have batons
      In addition to the statements of Ms. Zakharova,

      She has such a job.
      She is not a diplomat.
      She is the SECRETARY. She only SONGS.
    3. Krasnoyarsk 4 February 2020 17: 50 New
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      Quote: IMS
      The work of the State Department is visible. Where is our Foreign Ministry? It can be seen besides the statements of Ms. Zakharova, there is no sense in him.

      And what can this tongue-tied lady do? I wonder why she is held in this position? The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry should have a poorer language.
      1. Sidor Amenpodestovich 4 February 2020 18: 21 New
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        And what is wrong with her speech? Good, smooth speech, without any "as if, really, quite yourself." Yes, and about poorer. She is not a homegrown stand-up comedian or commentator on VO to shine with "wit."
        1. Krasnoyarsk 4 February 2020 18: 34 New
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          Quote: Sydor Amenpospestovich
          And what is wrong with her speech? Good, smooth speech, without any "as if, really, quite yourself." Yes, and about poorer. She is not a homegrown stand-up comedian or commentator on VO to shine with "wit."

          You are simply inattentive. Notice how long she builds the phrases and how clumsy they are.
          What does comedians and wit have to do with it? Although wit has another meaning, not related to comedians.
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            Thoroughly ponders in order to minimize ambiguity. She, of course, is not a master of verbal balancing, but I would not call her a tongue-tied one in any case.
          2. Lipchanin 4 February 2020 19: 29 New
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            Quote: Krasnoyarsk
            Notice how long she builds the phrases and how clumsy they are.

            Where is the clumsiness here?

            But psaki quickly built phrases laughing
            Until now, the whole world is laughing laughing
      2. Lipchanin 4 February 2020 19: 24 New
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        Quote: Krasnoyarsk
        The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry should have a poorer language.

        How are the psaki?
        She seems not to be on the stage to thrash with a broom.
        And what can this tongue-tied lady do?

        You do not confuse her with anyone?
    4. pv1005 4 February 2020 18: 19 New
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      Quote: IMS
      The work of the State Department is visible. Where is our Foreign Ministry? It can be seen besides the statements of Ms. Zakharova, there is no sense in him.

      Sorry they lost your phone number. Call them back. Please.
  7. gridasov 4 February 2020 17: 30 New
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    Strange position at Washington. They themselves may have a shortage of energy in the foreseeable future, and they are encouraged to provide others
    1. major147 4 February 2020 19: 25 New
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      Quote: gridasov
      they are encouraging to provide others

      To promise is not to marry!
      1. gridasov 4 February 2020 19: 33 New
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        Yes, but how stupid it is to not think yourself. We are talking about the level of the president and his analytical services.
    2. Titus 4 February 2020 19: 59 New
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      Yeah, they also promised to provide oil with bulbs.
  8. Masha 4 February 2020 17: 44 New
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    abandon half of the previously planned supply of "blue fuel" from Russia

    And what kind of half measures? Refuse, so refuse completely! wink
  9. pytar 4 February 2020 17: 53 New
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    Statia is tendentious! In the style of "Gazprom angels", "all the other bad", "fools" are shorter!
    Before she even managed to complete the “due to her” section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline (in Bulgaria it is called Balkan), Sofia had already started talking about the upcoming “diversification of energy supplies”,

    The program on the diversification of polymers in the EU, has been implemented for a long time! Completion of the Balkan stream, link to the LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis / Greece /, 20% of which Bulgaria acquired, as well as an agreement with Azerbaijan, are part of this program! At the same time, the design of a gas hub / exchange / Balkan near Varna began.
    The goal is to create competitive conditions in the market! Until recently, Gazprom was an absolute monopolist for Bulgaria and sold gas, under ultimatally convenient conditions!
    Making curtsies towards Washington, Bulgaria somehow forgets that cooperation with the Russian Gazprom is carried out according to the “take or pay” formula ... in 2012, representatives of Bulgargaz signed a ten-year contract with the Russian exporter on these conditions.

    The Bulgarians know very well what unprofitable agreements they were forced to sign with Gazprom! As stated on October 15.10.2019, XNUMX, Chairman of the Balkan and Black Sea Oil Associations Valentin Kynev: “Today, the price at which Bulgaria buys Russian gas under an agreement with Gazprom is two times higher than on the Austrian stock exchange! The prices at which Bulgaria buys natural gas under long-term agreements are determined by the formula and are related to the price of oil , and in hubs, price is determined by supply and demand, as is competition. "
    Consequently, at today's prices of European hubs, Bulgaria will have to fork out about $ 100 million for Washington’s own unfulfilled promises and a desire to “bend” lower before Washington.

    The author is clearly not aware that due to the antitrust agreement between the EU and the Russian monopolist until 04.12. In 2019, Gazprom was supposed to sign a new agreement with the Bulgarian operator to reduce supply prices by 30%, while with retroactively - from August 31. So far, the parties have not been able to agree on the size of the price reduction. In this regard, Bulgargaz intends to appeal to the EC with a request to resume antitrust proceedings against Gazprom!
    Is the payment for another attempt of this country to sit on all chairs at once too big?

    With NG gas prices in Bulgaria fell by 3%. The plans drop from 5%. It is always better for the consumer when there is a choice between several suppliers! It is bad when the monopolist dictates the conditions, earning superprofits!
    1. St Petrov 4 February 2020 18: 24 New
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      Until recently, Gazprom was an absolute monopolist for Bulgaria and sold gas, under ultimatally convenient conditions!


      in our market, too, all such sellers are bending, who sets the conditions and the price tag draws itself. When we go to the market, we ourselves set the price to the seller. And if he is alone there - so these are his problems.

      The Bulgarians know very well what unprofitable agreements they were forced to sign with Gazprom!


      wassat broke their hands to poor little brothers, forced to buy goods by force. What am I reading here ..

      Gazprom was supposed to sign an agreement with the Bulgarian operator to reduce supply prices by 30%, moreover, with an afterthought


      wassat will sign. do not worry. Then the main thing you then do not worry about your signature on the document. And then after each of these signatures - then the stench about injustice begins.

      In this regard, Bulgargaz intends to appeal to the EC with a request to resume antitrust proceedings against Gazprom!


      you really don’t understand what’s going on. I hope Gazprom will give your small market to Az and other players.
      1. pytar 4 February 2020 20: 23 New
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        When we go to the market, we ourselves set the price to the seller. And if he is alone there - so these are his problems.

        If he is there alone, this is not a market, at least 10 timesheets with the inscription [market] hammer on the nails! laughing
        broke their hands to poor little brothers, forced to buy goods by force. What am I reading here ..

        Read incorrectly! You need to read like this:
        dude comes and asks bully - do you need gas?
        answer yes - yes, it is necessary! How much it costs?
        bully - 500 bucks for 10 buckets.
        what - but it's expensive!
        bully - you can take less, but you’ll still pay for 10 buckets.
        no - but this is unfair!
        bully - ... and another 10 years ahead, under the same conditions.
        belay - it's already too much!
        bully - Do you have a choice?
        sad - no. I’ll sign it ... at least, I’ll think about it later ...

        Hope Chew present? laughing
        will sign. do not worry.

        I don’t worry at all! Sign where to go? After all, otherwise it would threaten the confiscation of up to 10% of assets in Europe.
        you really don’t understand what’s going on. I hope Gazprom will give your small market to Az and other players.

        Reading you, it turns out that Gazprom does not understand what is happening! After all, as you assure, will sign the contract! hi
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      It is always better for the consumer when there is a choice between several suppliers! It is bad when the monopolist dictates the conditions, earning superprofits!

      It’s bad when there are such “partners” in the UP project. Bulgaria did not compensate for any of the money that Mr. lost due to the failure of the project through your fault. Your prime minister later said that Russia should forgive the younger brothers lol . For some reason, Gazprom thinks differently and is absolutely right. The EU, as a buyer, thinks too much about itself and will wait for the formation of a gas OPEC at its borders. And with declining production in Norway, you will forget about spot gas prices. Then you will be reminded of all fines and violations of contracts under false pretexts.
      1. pytar 5 February 2020 10: 24 New
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        It’s bad when there are such “partners” in the UP project.

        Yeah ... find partners are convenient, can not ... all the bad. laughing
        Bulgaria did not compensate for any of the money that Mr. lost due to the failure of the project through your fault.

        Guilt is proven in the courts, not in the forums. Only later, you can claim compensation. Otherwise, just chatter.
        Your prime minister later said that Russia should forgive the younger brothers lol

        It’s really funny, looking at how he - a strong man 2 meters tall, said this while looking at his “big brother” down! laughing
        For some reason, Gazprom thinks differently and is absolutely right.

        Do you work in Gazprom? Right where "think"? laughing
        The EU, as a buyer, thinks too much about itself and will wait for the formation of a gas OPEC at its borders.

        I don’t know what they think there, but if so, it means that they think normally about themselves. Money is his! He is the master, he is mistress! bully In the "gas custody" scared! laughing
        Then you will be reminded of all fines and violations of contracts under false pretexts.

        Do not forget? Look, do not lose the contracts! wink
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          Yeah ... find partners are convenient, can not ... all the bad. laughing

          Found, built and UP works.
          Guilt is proven in the courts, not in the forums. Only later, you can claim compensation. Otherwise, just chatter.


          "A year ago, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, noted that the amount of" about 800 million euros, Gazprom and President Putin did not require us to pay Italian companies for the platforms that they brought to the port of Burgas " .

          Putin added in this connection: “Gazprom paid the penalty. The total losses of Gazprom in connection with the refusal of the South Stream amounted to approximately 800 million euros. They wrote off this at a loss.” (C)
          https://www.interfax.ru/world/659901
          After that, you seek a revision of the contract in the EC and wonder why GP uses its position as a monopolist laughing .
          It’s really funny, looking at how he - a strong man 2 meters tall, said this while looking at his “big brother” down! laughing

          If something depended on your 2-meter prime minister, he would not have to publicly apologize for his own helplessness, and Bulgaria would be the largest gas hub in southern Europe.
          I don’t know what they think there, but if so, it means that they think normally about themselves. Money is his! He is the master, he is mistress! bully In the "gas custody" scared! laughing

          Money, of course, is yours. This is where you will cook the soup when the gas suppliers get tired of your quacks. lol
          1. pytar 5 February 2020 14: 20 New
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            Found, built and UP works.

            Again through Bulgaria! The route of the Balkan stream from Varna to the Serbian border coincides 100% with the South Coast. laughing In essence, the Gazprom workers accepted the terms of the European Union. yes
            A year ago, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov ... noticed ... Putin added in this regard ...

            Politicians, they are ... bully By the way, GDP 3 times invited Borisov to meetings before. Fact - agreed. They found a compromise. Agree on other issues. good
            If something depended on your 2-meter prime minister, he would not have to publicly apologize for his own helplessness

            Only a strong person finds courage to apologize, though publicly! hi On the failure of UP blame had a wallpaper side! But we’ll hardly wait to hear an apology from the oncoming ... no
            and Bulgaria would be the largest gas hub in southern Europe.

            This was impossible while sitting in the opposition of the European Union. And now, Bulgaria is confidently moving towards becoming the largest gas hub in Southern Europe.
            Money, of course, is yours. This is where you will cook the soup when the gas suppliers get tired of your quacks.

            In addition to emotions not related to the case, nothing else is visible in your post. request
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              On the failure of UP blame had a wallpaper side! But we’ll hardly wait to hear an apology from the oncoming ... no

              Come on! You can in more detail about the fault of Gazprom. With links laughing
              This was impossible while sitting in the opposition of the European Union.

              Hungarians and Germans do not feel bad in opposition. And you with the money for the transit of 63 billion m / 3 per year could.
              And now, Bulgaria is confidently moving towards becoming the largest gas hub in Southern Europe.

              This was done to kill the Trans-Balkan state enterprise from Ukraine. lol
              1. pytar 5 February 2020 17: 20 New
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                You can in more detail about the fault of Gazprom. With links

                I'm not giving it. The links will tell you little. I worked with the Bulgarian side on the project 4 g. I signed a declaration of non-disclosure. But I can say one thing - when the question was about the threat of Gazprom’s claims, ours prepared their own. They were introduced to them by Gazprom in general. As a result, Gazprom limited itself to rhetoric in the media. laughing
                Hungarians and Germans do not feel bad in opposition.

                I guess I'm not in the know, dedicate what their opposition is about ?!
                And you with the money for the transit of 63 billion m / 3 per year could.

                Naive judgment. It will not work to build and put into operation an object in violation of EU laws on the territory of the EU. I think it is impossible in Russia, if it contradicts the laws of the Russian Federation? Or am I mistaken ...?
                This was done to kill the Trans-Balkan state enterprise from Ukraine.

                And there is. Political project, margin marginalized. In mid-14, Gazprom had a deficit in its investment portfolio. I had to revise frequently projects. Recognized by Gazprom itself. The article was on his site, then it was quickly removed. Russia's exit from the UP is connected with this. All fault was thrown on Bulgaria in order to reduce their image losses.
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                  They were introduced to them by Gazprom in general. As a result, Gazprom limited itself to rhetoric in the media.

                  Do not tell tales. Gazprom, in principle, had no chance in European arbitration and therefore you were left alone. As shown later, the Stockholm arbitration did the right thing. Your counterclaims are likely fiction.
                  I guess I'm not in the know, dedicate what their opposition is about ?!

                  Some sold the construction of the second stage of Paks to Rosatom, others scored on the wishes of the EC and the USA, and invested in SP-2.
                  I had to revise frequently projects. Recognized by Gazprom itself. Russia's exit from the UP is connected with this.

                  If I understood you correctly, then Gazprom decided that he could not afford the YuP construction, and therefore he left the project. Then why did pipe layers keep up to the last and began to spend new money on the development and construction of transformer substations? Iron logic. Article was not deleted in vain laughing . Good luck in the diversification of supplies fellow
                  Naive judgment. It will not work to build and put into operation an object in violation of EU laws on the territory of the EU. I think it is impossible in Russia, if it contradicts the laws of the Russian Federation? Or am I mistaken ...?

                  And what could the EU do? Weaning off boobs, or starting a war? The pipeline would be continued by Turkey, Serbia, Hungary, etc. You were not required to start a construction project throughout the EU. Only on his own.
                  1. pytar 5 February 2020 22: 03 New
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                    Do not tell tales.

                    All that is beyond the power of your perceptions, we write in the "tales". laughing Okay, gone ...
                    Gazprom, in principle, had no chance in European arbitration and therefore you were left alone.

                    In 2016, the Geneva Arbitration: Rossatom condemned NEC / nat. energy comp. BG / pay forfeits ~ 600 million euros.
                    Your counterclaims are likely fiction.

                    During the pre-trial proceedings between the EC (+ 4 EU countries incl. BG) and Gazprom, besides all, there was a misunderstanding - Bulgaria and Gazprom lifted all mutual claims. Take an interest ... yes
                    Some sold the construction of the second stage of Paks to Rosatom, others scored on the wishes of the EC and the USA, and invested in SP-2.

                    I was on a business trip in Hungary at that time! Just consulted with the Hungarian colleagues and on this topic. Hungary asked the EC to give permission to simplify procedures for issuing permission to expand the NPP-a. EC doubts related to security risks, with such an accelerated process. Hungarian colleagues presented a brilliantly technically sound report! The EC made sure and gave all the necessary permissions. Here the word "sold" is completely out of place.
                    Others "- SP-2 Theme for a separate article. But not from rus-media! In a few words - Germany did not violate any EC decision that was in force at that time.
                    ... then Gazprom decided that he could not afford the construction of a UE, and therefore he left the project. Then why did pipe layers keep up to the last and began to spend new money on the development and construction of transformer substations? Iron logic.

                    Having left UP, we switched to TP. He is essentially a cheaper variant of UP. True, then Erdogan ego cut back from 4 tr. by 2 zeroing profitability, but that's another topic. And the pipes were kept in warehouses in Varna all the time, paying 1 million green per year for conservation. And pipe layers in both cases are needed. Yes? Therefore, they were kept. laughing The logic is really iron, you can not argue!
                    Good luck in the diversification of supplies

                    Thank you, the first successes are already there! Everything will be fine, that's for sure!
                    And what could the EU do? Weaning off boobs, or starting a war?

                    A couple of hundred million euro fines. Eurofunds stop - billions in minus. Sanctions. The catastrophic damage, just at a time when the Bulgarian economy went up! Thank you guys, but this is yours from the pipeline does not work!
                    You were not required to start a construction project throughout the EU. Only on his own.

                    Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Hungary, etc. and there is the territory of the EU! They pull your pipe, through our house somewhere where they do not want it, it makes no sense.
  10. Yuri Mikhailovsky 4 February 2020 18: 03 New
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    Good luck in prosperity !!!!!
  11. pv1005 4 February 2020 18: 15 New
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    Quote: seti
    Dig deeper. Just mattresses can "work" with foreign elites and shove them to the real levers of power and we do not. For us it is immoral .. Probably in vain .. For the people they decide. And when the bastards are in power for a long time, then the opinion of the people is divided. In general, the principle of the Romans about "divide and conquer" is alive.

    There are no friends for money. Russia has already bought for itself such, free of charge, to the detriment of its citizens. Alas.
  12. Keyser soze 4 February 2020 18: 24 New
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    An interesting article - there is no time to study matter or the graph is squeezing ....

    Nowhere did our officials say that they would not buy Russian gas or refuse to take it - that is, contracts. We will just buy both American and Azerbaijani gas and on this base we will receive a mix with more expensive Russian. Until last year, 100% bought gas at high prices from the Russian Federation. In 2020, gas from the Russian Federation will be only 50%.

    Last year we managed to lower gas for consumers in Bulgaria in this way. And now negotiations are underway to lower prices with Gazprom, and if they are not successful, that is, the court defined in the agreement. But I do not think that we get to this. Always settled everything in a quiet. But the fact is that Gazprom is now selling more expensive gas than American LNG or the spot price in Austria. And it will either behave in a market, with adequate prices, or will gradually lose ground. And not only in Bulgaria.
    1. major147 4 February 2020 19: 30 New
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      We’ll just buy American gas and on this base receive a mix with more expensive Russian.

      Are you serious now ???? !!!!!
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      2. pytar 4 February 2020 20: 43 New
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        We’ll just buy American gas and on this base receive a mix with more expensive Russian.

        Are you serious now ???? !!!!!

        Let me answer you! With an illustration, like in school. bully
        1. major147 4 February 2020 21: 17 New
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          Quote: pytar
          Let me answer you! With an illustration, like in school.

          Bulgarians pay dearly for gas
          George Pashkulev (21.04.2017)

          Bulgaria buys natural gas from Gazprom at a fairly decent price - $ 157 per thousand cubic meters. This price was $ 10 below the average price at which Russian gas is sold on world markets.

          How Poland found gas in the US cheaper than Gazprom

          Business newspaper Vzglyad October 18, 2018
          “For example, this summer Gazprom’s gas was sold in the Old World for $ 220,”
          "an American LNG tanker arrived in Poland, it became completely clear how much each thousand cubic meters of overseas" blue fuel "would cost Kiev.
          The ship docked at the Polish LNG terminal in иноwinoujсьcie 2 days ago. While unloading, Kiev calmly waited for the end of the PRR and was preparing to accept a batch of gas. However, the cost may be shocking - $ 660 per 1000 cubic meters. This is 2,5 times more than the price of reverse Russian gas from Europe. And at that moment, all of Ukraine's eyes widened. "

          "Azerbaijani gas through Turkey: Europe will" eat "and not notice?" June 13, 2018

          In an interview with the Turkish Anadolu agency, Vagif Aliyev, chairman of the board of SOCAR Turkey Enerji and Petkim Holding, said that the country will receive the cheapest gas from Azerbaijan. At Oxford Institute for Energy Research, its current value was estimated at just over $ 200 per thousand cubic meters

          And so I took data from open sources for 2017-2018, then the prices were stable, unlike today. What we have: gas (Russia) 157 dollars; gas (Azerbaijan) - 200 dlars;
          gas (USA) - 660 dollars.
          Now mix! You will succeed!
          1. pytar 4 February 2020 21: 57 New
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            George Pashkulev (George Pashkulev)

            Georgy Pashkulev - Bulgarian journalist, editor-in-chief of the agency BGNES. The agency is the property of the Neshkov family. I doubt his competence in gas topics. He is not an expert there.

            Recently, Bulgaria bought gas from Gazprom at a price of 220 dollars. at market prices on the Vienna Stock Exchange, two times lower, and on the Dutch Stock Exchange, even lower. LNG supplies from Greece were carried out on the basis of open tenders. All offered prices were in the range of 30% lower than Gazprom's. Over the past 6 years, Bulgaria has paid $ 319 million. more because of the so-called “long contracts” with Gazprom than if it had short-term contracts on exchanges. The principle of "long contracts" contradicts the market rules established by the EU.
            I see many of you do not understand what the point is! The goal of the European Union is to give a wide field for competition while increasing the flexibility of markets! While it’s not about equal competitive opportunities, but about equalizing competitive abilities! The principle is widely used in the United States and other developed countries when it comes to strategic or leading high-tech industries! Ask how things are in the USA with Intel and AMD for example. In fact, this principle means a kind of “mixing”, which was very well mentioned by Keyser Soze (Eugene). In short, the meaning is - not to give anyone the opportunity to "kill" a competitor, so that no one else could get a monopoly position. For the EU, this is not only a matter of economics, but also of politics. Horses / suppliers / always must run, competing continuously! No one should be hopelessly behind, and there should not be a winner! From the point of view of suppliers, this is tiring and not entirely profitable, but as we say - musicians play for those who pay them. The EU writes rules in its markets! hi
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              used in the USA and other developed countries,

              Do you think the USA is a “democratic and developed" country? How then do you evaluate the practically US ban on building the SP-2 gas pipeline and the requirement for the EU to buy their gas? Where is the "equalization of competitive abilities"?
              Quote: pytar
              The principle of "long contracts" contradicts the market rules established by the EU.

              Did the Bulgarian representative sign a gas supply agreement from Gazprom with a pistol at his temple?
              And if we talk about “equalizing competitive abilities”, how do you assess the decision of the Stockholm arbitration, when Gazprom was obliged to pay compensation to the Ukrainian Naftogaz for violating the “download or pay” principle, and there was no punishment for violation of the “take or pay” rule by Naftogaz. I did not see the indignant petitions from the EU about the injustice of the decision.
              The price of gas from Russia and Azerbaijan, if there will be a difference, it’s a penny even though the production of 1 cubic meter in Russia is 2 times cheaper than that of Azerbaijan. And Azerbaijan also purchases about 1,5 billion cubic meters from Russia in order to fulfill export obligations.
              Anyway, I can’t understand how having bought US $ 660 LNG, you can reduce the cost of gas for Bulgaria.
              1. pytar 5 February 2020 10: 59 New
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                Do you think the USA is a “democratic and developed" country? How then do you evaluate the practically US ban on building the SP-2 gas pipeline and the requirement for the EU to buy their gas?

                Democracy ends where the interests of big business begin! Is Russia also a capitalist country? When it comes down to business, no democracy smells! And yes! US developed - technological, political and economic leader.
                Where is the "equalization of competitive abilities"?

                This is easy! At the feet of the runner, who is the fastest, put the kindals, so as not to break out too far ahead. Those runners who are slower give shorter distances. Opportunities are aligned. It is more important that the competition does not stop. A bit like socialism! hi
                Did the Bulgarian representative sign a gas supply agreement from Gazprom with a pistol at his temple?

                Somewhere I laid out a comic dialogue with two characters in an illustration of what happened. laughing By the way, while Bulgaria does not violate the contract. Recently I came to a staty, where calculations were made, according to which, the profit received due to the difference in prices fully covers the size of fines. We will see how the situation develops. One thing is clear - Gazprom has lost influence, this is obvious.
                how do you assess the decision of the Stockholm arbitration, when Gazprom was obliged to pay compensation to the Ukrainian Naftogaz for violating the “download or pay” principle ... I did not see the indignant petitions from the EU about the unfairness of the decision.

                I do not appreciate the decision of the Stalkholm arbitration. Due to the fact that the contracts always indicate in what order and in what court, due disputes should be resolved. After all, did the parties sign the wallpaper? Let them respect the decisions of the court, which they themselves have chosen!
                The price of gas from Russia and Azerbaijan, if there will be a difference, it’s a penny even though the production of 1 cubic meter in Russia is 2 times cheaper than that of Azerbaijan.

                It may be so, but then what is the problem? request We are interested in the price, not the cost of production! Gazprom has more reserves, let it offer a lower price!
                Anyway, I can’t understand how having bought US $ 660 LNG, you can reduce the cost of gas for Bulgaria.

                I don’t know where you get these numbers, they have nothing to do with reality ?! At tenders, all bidders offered prices at ~ 30% below Gazprom’s 220 bucks. And we bought.
  13. Campanella 4 February 2020 18: 27 New
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    Petkova one word! Lies under the rich and promising, from Russia, what she can’t get up from her knees can’t rise in any way)))
    High politics is the same human relations, elevated to the rank of awesome state mystery, and the people in politics are the same as we are only decently dressed and with a good salary.
  14. Livonetc 4 February 2020 18: 35 New
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    So they can refuse at all.
    They will buy not Russian, but Turkish more expensive and high-quality.
    Know How apparently ruin shared
    Reverse. :)
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      They will buy not Russian, but Turkish more expensive and high-quality.


      Shtirlits ... I see clearly that your parachute clings to the pavement. The Jesuits, thought Shchirlits, Shchirlits, thought the ....

      The article clearly told you that we are buying cheaper Azeri and Amer gas. You got the barrel organ and that's it. And go and see what is happening with gas prices in Europe and review the directions of Al Soloviev and Co. And without that, nothing shines from Gazprom for you anyway. The biggest Miller will buy a new yacht and take to scrub the deck ... econo-mystic damn ....
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        Quote: Keyser Soze
        that we are buying cheaper Azeri and Amer gas.

        Well, how can jellied gas be cheaper?
        He himself will come to you on foot through a puddle?
        To recall the cheese in the mousetrap?
        And about the heifer and the half?
      2. Livonetc 4 February 2020 19: 59 New
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        Shtirliy shot at point blank range.
        The emphasis fell.
        This is the reputation of the Dear.
        Bulgaria’s reputation is firmly established in the eyes of the Russians.
        The epithet that is distant, I will give please understand correctly.
        Your country is perceived as a walking girl.
        I rested in Bulgaria last year.
        In the town of Sveti Vlas.
        And people liked the place.
        Colleagues are friends in Bulgaria.
        My Russian colleague is married to a Bulgarian.
        Moreover, he works in Moscow, and she lives with her children for a long time, with his parents in Bulgaria.
        She set a strict condition for her parents that they would not impose their "European" views on children, otherwise they would not see their grandchildren.
        In general, Bulgaria is a beautiful country.
        But as a modern state did not work out.
        All purely subjective impression and personal experience.
        With respect. hi
        And good luck!
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          Regards hi
          And good luck!


          And you too! :)

          She set a strict condition for his parents that they would not impose their "pro-European" views on children,


          Otherwise, probably the children have Bulgarian EU passports, right? Why do they need gay rotten passports? laughing
          The second is that children have eyes and ears. They go to a Bulgarian school, go to a Bulgarian or European university. They will see the light and meet people from all over the world. They will see that these people are not much more different than them and will themselves make their opinion about the world, on the basis of what they saw, and not according to the stories.

          Well and the last - children live and study in Bulgaria, their friends and the environment are here. They are already Bulgarians. And their children will completely remember Russia as the motherland of their mother or grandmother. I have one great-grandmother from St. Petersburg, the other from Vienna. I know Russian, but I'm Bulgarian, not Austrian, not Russian. All.. :)

          Have a nice day :)
          1. Livonetc 5 February 2020 14: 46 New
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            I have a cocktail by blood.
            Russian, German, Ossetian, Austrian.
            I am Russian.
            As for my friend, both her and her children have Russian citizenship.
            For example, the Russian passport does not limit me in anything.
            Where I want to go there and go.
            Only a few family budgets are limited.
            Now I choose where to go on vacation, to Sicily or to Corfu.
            Schengen visa for 5 years.
            Good luck! hi
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    Washington is categorically against the construction of the second string of the Turkish Stream and will do everything in its power to ensure that this project is never realized!


    Never say never, but what do you want to fight?
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    The tough take-or-pay formula was canceled by Gazprom sometime in 2018 due to the EU’s wild penalties, it became floating. Even now, when due to a mild winter and lower gas consumption, Gazprom is not fining its customers for this.

    April 2019
    https://www.reuters.com/article/bulgaria-gas/greeces-depa-to-become-first-gas-supplier-to-bulgaria-outside-gazprom-idUSL8N21K4I5
    “BulgarGas entered into an agreement to purchase 1,5 million megawatt-hours of natural gas from DEPA Greece, for the first time from another supplier - not Gazprom.
    “Bulgargaz stated that DEPA (Greece) offered the lowest price in a tender at which the state supplier also received offers from the Bulgarian Dexia and Kolmar NL registered in the Netherlands.
    “Sofia plans to meet up to 30 percent of its gas needs after 2020 through purchases from Azerbaijan under its contract to import 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea.”

    There is another interesting detail and not in favor of Gazprom:
    March 2019
    “Putin’s plans to lay the TurkStrim pipeline through the Balkans will not be successful.”
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/03/12/russia-turkstream-oil-pipeline/
    “Sofia has one trump card in negotiations with Russia. According to Gazprom’s current contract with Bulgaria, it is obliged to pay Bulgarian transit fees for the transportation of gas through the country until 2030. When this deal was concluded, most of the gas went through the so-called Trans-Balkan pipeline, which is connected to Ukraine. TurkStream makes this route, which has been operating since the 1980s, redundant. The Bulgarian government may sue Gazprom for compensation for lost profits from transit fees. In order not to pay hundreds of millions, Putin would have to offer Borisov some concessions, including a guarantee that Russia will help to make economically viable the possible expansion of Turstream to Europe. ”
    And on the other hand, Eastern Europe, being in vassal dependence on Russia, does not have the ability of large European countries to resist the dictates of Russia.
    “How Bulgaria, Serbia and others hold out and become the litmus test of checking the depth of their ties with Russia. So far, they believe that they can find a way to work with Russia without contradicting the European Commission and EU law. Who can blame them? They saw how large EU countries, such as Germany, also play this game. But, unlike Germany, they do not have the power to change the rules or make political compromises in Brussels. In addition, Russia is not in the mood to offer the countries of Eastern Europe, which it considers subordinates, benefits. Thus, financial and political risk will fall on countries such as Bulgaria and Hungary. ”
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      about the purchase of 1,5 million megawatt-hours of natural gas

      Something new laughing
      And email energy is now in cubic meters? laughing
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        I myself did not understand how this is possible, but it turns out yes, it is possible.
        There are formulas convertible amount of gas to megawatts.
        Most likely, the contract was drawn up in CF.
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          Quote: eklmn
          I myself did not understand how this is possible, but it turns out yes, it is possible.

          Where can? In the contracts?
          Something I did not see or read anywhere that the gas clock flowed through the megawat gas pipeline
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      The tough take-or-pay formula was canceled by Gazprom around the year 2018

      Only the Poles - “We are tied to Russian gas by the Yamal contract, under which we must purchase at least 8,7 billion cubic meters a year from Gazprom, and we will do this until the end of 2022.”
      As for the Bulgarians, in March last year, their energy minister stated that Sofia reserves the right to appeal to the arbitration tribunal in order to recover transit payments from Gazprom that the country should receive under the contract until 2030. But this will happen only if the second transit branch of the Turkish Stream for some reason does not go through Bulgaria. Bulgarians are building at their own expense .... Serbs have already built ... The EU does not particularly mind ...
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    It feels like these "little brothers" with father of Lukashenko in one bursa comprehended the foundations of the world economy.
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    “In accordance with the contract for the supply of natural gas, signed between Bulgargaz and SOCAR, from 2020 Bulgaria will receive annually 1 billion cubic meters of natural gas” - this news has been several years ago, everyone knew that this would happen. and Gazprom. 50 billion - 1,5% - 1 billion 500 billion Azerbaijan, states have 0,4 million - with an excess of newly commissioned LNG capacities, these XNUMX million tons of LNG are a drop in the ocean ...
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    this is serious?

    Boyan is a Bulgarian and this explains a lot laughing
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      Boyan is a Bulgarian and this explains a lot laughing

      The operator is Andrey, and that explains a lot. laughing
  20. Roman1970_1 4 February 2020 21: 04 New
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    But even if we take as a starting point that it concerns 80% of the “blue fuel” contracted by Sofia, we get a volume of 2,3 billion cubic meters, and not 1,5.

    And if you take not 80%, but lower or higher.
    This is known to those who signed the contract, but here only the author’s assumptions.

    at the same time buy the same gas elsewhere and at a higher price.

    And suddenly not longer. On what basis did you decide what will be more expensive. The seller and the buyer know this. The rest is guesswork irrelevant to reality.
  21. Nitarius 5 February 2020 04: 15 New
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    of course of course .. otherwise it will not be convenient in front of the USA ... well, guys .. we remember the good!
  22. old friend 5 February 2020 04: 17 New
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    If we evaluate in general what has been going on in this direction recently, the diversification of hydrocarbon supplies by European countries may turn out to be not only political and economic steps.
    There are at least 2 options:
    1. How about preparing for a military conflict? No one is looking from this side. This only, at first glance, seems unbelievable, in fact, the mutual dependence of Europe and the Russian Federation on the uninterrupted supply of gas and oil is a guarantee of general security on the continent.
    2. These projects (LNG terminals, alternative pipes) will make it possible to deliver a crushing blow to the Russian Federation in terms of economy at one “fine” moment. After Europe provides itself with alternative sources of gas and oil, no one will stop them from joining total sanctions against the Russian Federation. I think the PRC, as usual, will remain on the sidelines, and if the US presses a little, then they will join.
    My opinion is the main goal of the USA - exactly 2 option. Preparations are underway for future strangulation of the Russian Federation, for total sanctions. It is not difficult to organize an occasion in the modern world of "highly likly". In any case, when implementing diversification plans, the Russian Federation from the equal side (now Europe depends on the Russian Federation, no less than the Russian Federation on Europe) turns into the direction the buyer will dictate the conditions, i.e. EU
  23. oracul 5 February 2020 08: 18 New
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    Betrayal is a diagnosis. So it was in tsarist times, when the "little brothers", contrary to the interests of Russia, which saved their Turkish yoke, decided to arrange a war for great Bulgaria; so it was with the declaration of war of the USSR in a coalition with Hitler, though they surrendered during the time; so many times they have spoiled themselves and Russia in recent years. Is this disease curable? Perhaps, but only subject to strict quarantine, which is not expected in the near future. Alas, simple-mindedness, credulity, and quick-wittedness are features of our mentality that many people, especially Slavs, about which Dostoevsky wrote, shamelessly periodically used and used. It is necessary to gradually stop stepping on the same rake.
  24. gridasov 7 February 2020 14: 21 New
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    Ultimately, it all comes down to the fact that everyone will buy oil and gas from the United States, which is simply to buy these resources from everyone. By force or any other methods