Elmar Mammadyarov: Nabucco intrigue to be solved in 2013

Nabucco is another intrigue, which will be solved next year, because we have two more options of transportation of gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in his interview to EU Reporter.

"Nabucco West to the Austrian Baumgarten and TAP pipeline up to Italy are another options," he said. Minister added that the decision will be made by the companies-members of the consortium next year. The volume of gas, which will be transported from the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea will be much smaller, than the volume of gas delivered through the South Stream, Mammadyarov said.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said energy is the key element of cooperation between EU and Azerbaijan. "Jose Manuel Barrozu, President of European Commission, has visited Baku. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and President Barrozu have signed a very important document on strategic partnership between EU and Azerbaijan aimed at support of the South Corridor project and energy cooperation," Minister said. He added that not only energy projects, but development of the entire region and a strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and EU could be important not only for Azerbaijan and EU, but also for its members.

"The talks with the European Commission continue and after signing of the TANAP agreement (trans-Anadolu gas pipeline), we believe that by 2018 natural gas from the Caspian Sea till reach the European borders, including Bulgaria," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said. He added that he does not like politicization of energy projects, but "energy is a part of politics."-0-


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