Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that all European countries must cooperate and oppose Russian blackmail over natural gas.
These statements came during an event marking the start of the implementation of the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) in Alexandroupolis.
Greece and Bulgaria have announced that a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility will be built off the port of Alexandroupolis in northern Greece. The two said the project would help create a new gas route for Europe and reduce dependence on Russian gas at a crucial time.
“Our countries are all together ready to take on a crucial new role in the new energy map of Europe,” said the Greek Prime Minister. “Moscow’s recent natural gas blackmails make this cooperation not only necessary but urgent.”
European Council President Charles Michel and the leaders of Bulgaria, Serbia and North Macedonia attended the ceremony.
Greece has been supplying Bulgaria with gas since it was cut off by Russia.
“The Kremlin’s economic blackmail against my country and the European Union will not succeed, because we will oppose it and today’s event is proof of that,” noted Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov.
Moscow stopped supplying its gas to what it called “hostile countries” unless they paid in rubles following heavy sanctions on Russia after it invaded Ukraine.