Russia says Bulgaria's possible backoff from energy projects understandable

09:34, June 17, 2010      

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Russia understands the reasons behind Bulgaria's decision to suspend the joint construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline and to halt the construction of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant, Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Yuri Isakov said on Wednesday.

However, the diplomat nonetheless warned that Moscow will find other partners in the region if Sofia continues to drag its feet on the pipeline project.

Russia respects Bulgaria's positions on the Belene nuclear power station and the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

"We favor and have 100 percent understanding of the Bulgarian party's position," Isakov was quoted as saying.

"The issue is very sensitive and it would have been really unreasonable to start this project without 100 percent certainty that it is absolutely safe for the environment," the Russian diplomat added.



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