Russia and Serbia are discussing maintaining the gas price at $ 270 per thousand cubic meters for the first six months of 2022. This was announced by the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, informs TASS.
“We are negotiating with the Russians that the price of $ 270 per thousand cubic meters, which is absolutely the lowest, and at which we get gas until the new year, was extended by another six,” Vucic said.
He specified that these conditions make it possible to overcome the winter and the first part of the summer period, which “is terribly important not only because of the population, but also because of production and industry.”
Among the reasons for the energy crisis in Europe, Vucic named the introduction of new carbon duties, a shortage of gas, since “the Chinese have redirected all the liquefied gas to themselves,” and the fact that the Europeans did not conclude long-term contracts for gas supplies from Russia on time. He called the existing gas prices in Europe abnormal.
Earlier, on October 6, Vucic announced that he would convey to Russian President Vladimir Putin a request for help in the crisis. He also noted that the decision of Serbia to build the Balkan Stream gas pipeline (continuation of the Turkish Stream) was reasonable, since it would provide the country with gas at an affordable price.
Earlier, at the end of September, Russia and Hungary signed a one-year contract for the supply of Russian gas bypassing Ukraine. The document was signed in Budapest by representatives of Gazprom and the Hungarian energy company MVM at the country’s Foreign and Foreign Trade Ministry, Peter Siyjarto.
In early October, Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova said that the option in which Bulgaria, following Hungary, will sign a long-term contract for the supply of gas from Russia is possible with a pragmatic approach and the political will of the Bulgarian authorities.