Hungary May Import Natural Gas From Azerbaijan Starting 2021 - Foreign Minister
Sumaira FH 24 days ago Sun 31st March 2019 | 12:20 AM
Szijjarto met with Azerbaijan's Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov on the sidelines of the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow on Friday. The diplomat said Hungary wanted to join the Southern Gas Corridor project, which aims to build a pipeline that will deliver Azerbaijani gas to Europe through Turkey.
"Hungary has an interest in sharing in Azerbaijan's increased natural gas production from 2021, and in gas shipments destined for Europe. This is extremely important to Hungary because the diversification of gas procurement routes has been on the agenda for a long time, but for various geological and regional reasons this could not be realized so far," the Hungarian Foreign Ministry quoted Szijjarto as saying.
Szijjarto also noted that the tense Russian-Ukrainian relations were severely affecting Central Europe, which relies on Russia for gas, because the two neighboring nations had not yet agreed 2020 gas exports. The foreign minister said that more than half of Hungary's Russian gas imports came through Ukraine.