"Turkish Stream-2": will Russia step on the "Bulgarian rake" again?

While passions are boiling around the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the Turkish Stream gas pipeline is gaining speed. One of its branches will feed Turkish consumers, the second (Turkish Stream-2), according to data on the reservation of pipeline capacities by European operators, will pass through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary to Slovakia. It turns out that Gazprom again rests on Bulgaria, with which it has already received a lot of problems. Is it worth it to step on the same rake again?




We are talking about the failed South Stream gas pipeline, which was supposed to go along the bottom of the Black Sea with access to Bulgaria in the port of Varna. Its cost was estimated at 16 billion euros, and the design capacity - at 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The project was extremely beneficial for Bulgaria itself, as it provided it with reliable supplies of inexpensive "blue fuel", and also guaranteed the receipt of transit payments to the budget.

Unfortunately, under pressure from the European Commission and Washington, Sofia began, contrary to her own interests, fixing obstacles to the South Stream. The work was halted twice, and Bulgaria frankly dragged on granting permission to lay a pipeline through its territory. The result turned out to be logical: the Kremlin abandoned the South Stream because of the unconstructive position of Sofia in favor of the Turkish Stream.

The Turkish Stream looks more modest compared to its predecessor. These are just two strands with a capacity of 31,5 billion cubic meters per year, only one of which will go further to Southern and Southeast Europe. But Ankara behaves, unlike Sofia, more rationally and carefully. The Bulgarian authorities have expressed a desire to host a string of pipelines exiting Turkish territory. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev went to negotiate with President Boyko Borisov to find out the seriousness of Sofia’s intentions this time around. He stated that he was waiting for guarantees that the project would not be “merged” again:

I do not mean from the side of the Bulgarian government, I mean when the European Commission will provide reliable guarantees that in the future this project will not fall apart and there will be no obstacles to it.


Alas, the risks of relapse are very high. Bulgaria is historically closely connected with Russia, the Bulgarian and Russian peoples are very close. Currently, many Russians live in Bulgaria itself; even domestic pensioners are warmly welcomed there. But Sofia, located on the periphery of the European Union, remains under the serious influence of both Brussels and Washington, which has already been repeatedly demonstrated.

It is enough to recall the fate of the Bulgarian Belene NPP. In 2006, Rosatom won a tender for its construction, but a few years later the project was frozen and then completely closed. Despite the destructive nature of such actions, the Bulgarian authorities then seemed to be "bleached overeat". Now, President Borisov again spoke about the possibility of resuming construction. Rosatom needs to think hard whether it is worth re-entering this project. Let's not forget that Bulgaria joined the anti-Russian sanctions, which is why it itself has suffered significantly. So, the trade turnover between our countries fell from 5 billion dollars to 3 billion.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 March 2019 08: 52
    +2
    Currently, many Russians live in Bulgaria itself; even domestic pensioners are warmly welcomed there.

    A lot of relatives of "sleeping" officials live quietly in the NATO country, and everyone pretends that everything is ok.

    Bulgarian and Russian peoples are very close.

    And how close to the Poles ....
  2. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 6 March 2019 09: 35
    +3
    The First World War - Bulgaria against Russia.
    World War II - The USSR declared war on Bulgaria in 1944.
    Bulgaria is currently a member of NATO and an active supporter of sanctions against Russia. In full compliance with EU decisions.
    When will linguistic, religious and other SECONDARY signs cease to be confused with state policy? All (ALL), without exception, members of NATO and the EU are today the enemies of Russia. Not partners, but enemies.
    Interesting picture. The West imposes economic sanctions against Russia. Goal? "Tear the Russian economy to shreds" and change political power in Moscow. We have an economic WAR against the country in order to change the policy of the state. And in Moscow they see only "partners" and want to be friends.
    Decision? Very simple. A change in the POLITICAL course of the EU countries and then you can have trade relations with them. Until Moscow makes such conditions, all discussions here make no sense.
    1. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
      Vkd dvk (Victor) 7 March 2019 16: 07
      +1
      You forgot the two Balkan wars in which Bulgaria fought against Russia's allies.
      The Second World War. Bulgaria sank two Soviet submarines.
      The Second World War. Bulgaria fought against the Yugoslav partisans Josip Broz Tito, replacing and liberating German troops for the Eastern Front.
      The Second World War. Due to the idiocy of the Soviet and then the Russian government, which hides the true extent of the participation of the Bulgarians in the war against the USSR, volunteers, we still consider them brothers.
  3. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 6 March 2019 10: 04
    0
    Quote: Sergey Latyshev
    "The Bulgarian and Russian peoples are very close." And how close to the Poles ....

    In fact, very close. Listen carefully to the Bulgarian and Polish languages, it is immediately clear that from one root.
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 6 March 2019 10: 32
      0
      Ukrainian is even closer. Does this mean that Ukrainian and Russian are very close?
    2. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
      Vkd dvk (Victor) 7 March 2019 16: 08
      0
      No snot. Listen to the speech of the right-handed. HOW close are the roots of the words. Without a translation, we understand that we are on knives .....
  4. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 6 March 2019 10: 06
    +1
    Quote: Bakht
    And in Moscow they see only "partners" and want to be friends.
    Decision? Very simple. A change in the POLITICAL course of the EU countries and then you can have trade relations with them. Until Moscow makes such conditions, all discussions here make no sense.

    Your logic is not completely consistent and comprehensive. There is another option: change the course of Moscow and stop seeing all partners.
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 6 March 2019 10: 31
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      Well, so my logic leads to this .... For Moscow to change its attitude towards the “partners”.
      You need to start with Ukraine. Baltic, Poland is next in line. Bulgaria get ready.
  5. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 6 March 2019 10: 08
    +2
    Quote: Sergey Latyshev
    A lot of relatives of "sleeping" officials live quietly in the NATO country, and everyone pretends that everything is ok.

    In Bulgaria there is a program for the relocation of Russian pensioners. This is the only country where they are welcome, unlike their native country, by the way.
    And the relatives of officials do not live in Bulgaria, but in Britain, France, the USA, Switzerland and other places are richer.
  6. bratchanin3 Offline bratchanin3
    bratchanin3 (Gennady) 6 March 2019 12: 35
    +1
    Necessarily (Russia) will come a second time to "rake", and it will be necessary and the third will be able to advise Putin. If the money is out of your pocket (Putin's), and the budget is not a pity, you can risk it. But cho, they gave me a free 3 lard dollars and quieted down, and no comment at whose expense, as if it should, as if it were.
  7. Tolik_74 Offline Tolik_74
    Tolik_74 (Anatoly) 6 March 2019 16: 28
    +1
    But you don’t need to think. You just don’t have to start any construction projects, nuclear power plants or gas pipelines again. I feel that the Bulgarians will once again play the scam, now they have begun to cry that we all need this, and they keep a fig behind our back, and they are thinking about once again throwing the Russians. Fuck you, not a gas pipeline.
  8. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 7 March 2019 07: 03
    +1
    Quote: Bakht
    Ukrainian is even closer. Does this mean that Ukrainian and Russian are very close?

    Russians and Ukrainians are so close that it is one people, Bakhtiyar.
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 7 March 2019 13: 32
      +1
      It is not visible .... The fact that the language is similar is not an indicator. Russians in Ukraine are stubbornly considered enemies. And you are all about brotherhood ... When this "brother" opens its head for you - do not forget that it is your "brother".
      I'm tired of repeating - the Ukraine project is an anti-Russian project. The former president lucidly explained to you that "Ukraine is not Russia." They wrote to you 15 years ago that "the guns will speak."
      In general, "blessed is he who believes."
    2. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
      Vkd dvk (Victor) 7 March 2019 16: 10
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      And the proof of this is May 2 in Odessa.