Moscow Times: Even Dostoevsky Foresaw South Stream Backstab

I have no idea how the situation with South Stream gas pipeline will end. The Bulgarians say they still support South Stream, which would use Bulgaria to bypass Ukraine to deliver Russian gas to the EU, but they have decided to cease work while waiting for the results of an EU investigation into the deal's legality.

Of course, I understand the logic behind what happened. I am not talking about recent events — those are clear enough. Bulgaria was subjected to outside pressure, causing it to back out of the South Stream project.

It is clear who applied the pressure and why they did it. Only the most naive observer could fail to see the connection between the recent visit by U.S. senators and the subsequent announcement by Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski concerning South Stream.

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