21 Oct 2019 13:01

Bulgaria starts building infrastructure for TurkStream extension - Lavrov

MOSCOW. Oct 21 (Interfax) - Bulgaria is now constructing infrastructure for the second line of the TurkStream gas pipeline, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press briefing on Monday following talks with his Bulgarian counterpart in Moscow.

"We have laid good groundwork in the energy sector. Our Bulgarian colleagues have informed us of the beginning of construction of infrastructure elements for transporting gas via the second line of TurkStream," Lavrov said.

"According to Mrs. Minister, the relevant ceremony involving the Bulgarian prime minister and the Russian ambassador to Bulgaria took place earlier today," he said.

Bulgaria pledges to finalize the works in due time, by 2020, Lavrov said.

Alongside this, the Bulgarian government is taking constructive steps toward resuming construction of the Belene nuclear power plant, he said.

"The Bulgarian authorities are choosing the strategic partner for their project, and our state corporation Rosatom, the manufacturer of the reactor and the owner of technologies, will be taking active part in this process," Lavrov said.