Sofia News Agency: EU Commission Motives to Freeze South Stream 'Political' - Gazprom
Gazprom has accused the European Commission that it is putting a wheel on South Stream for political reasons.
In a letter to the Financial Times also quoted by Russian media outlets, Gazprom´s press secretary Sergey Kupriyanov has warned that, "unlike the northern EU member states, which will profit from the safer supplies through South Stream, the countries of Southeast Europe are not having an alternative route for gas supplies".
"It seems the European Union is ready to shoot itself in the leg by blocking a project that would allow it to boost its energy security and to fulfill its growing need of energy imports," Kupriyanov is quoted as saying.
The Gazprom official has described transit via Ukraine as "carrying risks", since it would take USD 19.5 B to modernize the Ukrainian gas tranportation system.