Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat, and provocative Turkish actions in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean – Greek officials found time to engage in multiple rounds of Balkan diplomacy this week.  Time will tell whether any of this amounted to anything more than a...

Bulgaria to acquire 20% of Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece

The Council of Ministers of the Bulgarian Government has approved the participation of Bulgaria’s state gas transmission company, Bulgartransgaz, by a percentage of 20% in the share capital of Gastrade, which is developing the EU-backed LNG Terminal in Northern Greece off the shore of Alexandroupolis, Gastrade said. The terms of the agreement were signed on 8 January by the Founding...

Russia commences Power of Siberia pipeline gas supplies to China

Russia started on 2 December Russian gas pipeline supplies to China via the ambitious Power of Siberia gas pipeline or so-called eastern route. Taking part in a ceremonial event via conference call were Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Chairman Wang Yilin. “Today, we are...