Romania welcomes Turkmenistan's readiness to join EU energy policy

10:04, May 13, 2011      

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Romanian President Traian Basescu Thursday welcomed Turkmenistan's readiness to join the European Union's energy policy and to become a natural gas supplier for the planned Nabucco and AGRI pipelines.

"I must make public my satisfaction with Turkmenistan's readiness to take part in the EU energy policy by the development of the Southern Corridor," Basescu said while meeting with his visiting Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.

Basescu also told Berdymukhammedov that Romania considered absolutely correct Turkmenistan's request to be committed to these projects, adding that a political deal between the EU and Turkmenistan and setting up a consortium to build the pipeline under the Caspian Sea between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan were key elements.

"Romania backs Turkmenistan's stand that, before establishing the consortium to make the gas transfer from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan possible, a political-judicial document should be signed at the highest level so as to offer guarantees that the gas will be demanded and purchased," said Basescu.

"Nabucco project is a viable project as long as the partners in this project are Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan," he added.

In his turn, the Turkmen president said that he came to Romania "with very serious intentions, to strongly found our bilateral cooperation relationships."

Turkmenistan's President Berdymukhammedov is paying a three-day official visit to Romania.

Romania is interested in winning over Turkmenistan as a natural gas supplier for the Nabucco and AGRI pipelines, both via Romania. The two projects are regarded as an attempt to lessen European dependence on Russian energy.

Source: Xinhua
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