Russia Still Ready to Build Gas Pipeline to Southern Europe, Lavrov Says

Moscow hasn't given up on its plans to build a pipeline to carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe across the Black Sea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed.

"The southern direction is not yet written off," Lavrov told sputniknews.com earlier this week.

Nord Stream II Not in EU Interests, Donald Tusk Says

Nord Stream II, a proposed new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, is not in the EU's interests, the European Council President Donald Tusk has said.

"In my perspective, Nord Stream [II] does not help diversification, nor would it reduce our energy dependency," Tusk said at a press conference in Brussels on Friday, according to euobserver.com.

Bulgaria Backs Nord Stream-2, Standing Up for Own Gas Hub Project

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on Sunday Sofia is not intending to take action against the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project.

On the sidelines of an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, he commented on last week's reports by Reuters that Sofia would be one of the signatories to a letter calling on the EU Commission to scrutinize the project.