Vucic says Serbia will reduce dependency on Russian gas

Vucic says Serbia will reduce dependency on Russian gas

Aleksandar Vucic has told AP in an interview that his government "will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas."

The agency, that interviewed the Serbian prime minister during his visit to Albania on Wednesday, ran the article under the headline, "Under U.S. pressure, Serbia ready to reduce dependence on Russian gas supplies."

 

AP said that "in a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan."

 

- Regarding energy safety, energy security, we are ready to diversify the sources of gas for Serbia, which is very important for our American friends as well - Vucic said.

 

The news agency said that the United States "has been encouraging Balkan and other states to move forward with the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, which will take Azeri gas from the Caspian Sea to Italy, rather than setting its hopes on another project that would pipe Russian gas through Turkey."

 

Serbia is further described by AP as "a traditional Russian ally that wants to join the European Union," and one that "has already expressed interest in the Moscow-backed pipeline project dubbed Turkish Stream" - adding that "supporting the alternative American-backed pipeline is a major policy shift by Serbia which could be viewed with unease in Moscow."

 

The report also states that "the West has accused Russia of using gas as a tool to increase its political influence over countries like Serbia."

 

Vucic and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden spoke in early February on the margins of the Munich Security...

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