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Energy : Piebalgs in Moscow: Russians Complain of Eu Discrimination

Magazine article Europe-East

Energy : Piebalgs in Moscow: Russians Complain of Eu Discrimination

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Russian Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko once again complained to Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs of EU discrimination due to the so-called Gazprom clause contained in the energy market liberalisation proposals put forward by the European Commission on 19 September. Khristenko also called for the EU to open its markets fully for the trade of nuclear materials.

Piebalgs, who returned to Brussels from Moscow on 6 May after an official dinner with Khristenko, also listened to the Russian minister expound on infrastructure "progress". This follows the agreement signed with Greece, on 29 April, on the South Stream project and continuing progress with respect to Nord Stream. Both pipeline projects, according to Khristenko in a statement, are aimed at "increasing energy security of supply" by adding new Russian-controlled routes by which gas can flow to Europe. Commissioner Piebalgs takes a different point of view. Increasing the security of energy supply in Europe means backing the Commission and US-favoured Nabucco pipeline project to bring non-Russian gas to Europe.

Talks between Khristenko and Piebalgs are aimed at preparing discussions on energy at the next EU-Russia summit, on 26 June in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia), the G8 energy ministers' meeting, on 8 June in Aomori (Japan), as well as the next episode of the EU-Russia energy dialogue, in October 2008(1). In his statement, Khristenko noted that at the level of experts, it has been possible to achieve "good working cooperation," although he pointed to a range of "non-resolved questions" for cooperation. …

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