Russia says Bulgaria's possible backoff from energy projects understandable (2)

09:35, June 17, 2010      

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said last week the country would not go ahead with either project, citing a lack of investment for the nuclear power plant and environmental concerns for the pipeline. The country's energy minister then said that Sofia had yet to make the final decision on the two energy projects.

Later, Borissov said his quotes were not carefully worded and an assessment on the environmental impact of the Burgas- Alexandroupolis pipeline would decide whether the project goes ahead.

Borissov's comments came shortly after the Bulgarian government confirmed that the country was considering the possible deployment of elements of the U.S. missile defense system on its territory.

Borissov, who strongly backed integrating Bulgaria into European structures, was likely to be less inclined than his predecessors to maintain close ties with Russia.


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