EU should regard Azerbaijan as strategic partner – ambassador
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijan, as a supplier of energy resources to Europe, should be considered in the EU as a strategic partner, Poland's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Marek Calka told Trend March 4.
The ambassador added that the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Poland should be improved.
"Given that the partnership between Azerbaijan and EU is gradually deepening, I hope that this will be reflected in the agreements signed between them," said Calka. "Poland, for its part, is ready to support this."
Azerbaijan is the key country in the Caspian Sea region and it is rich in energy resources and has a quite interesting geopolitical position, according to the ambassador.
He added that Azerbaijan is not only important as an energy partner, but also as a geostrategic partner of the EU.
Poland remains one of the authors and leaders of the idea of creating a domestic European market for energy, in particular for gas, according to the diplomat.
"Today market is based on three pillars: diversification - naturally, Azerbaijan perfectly fits in with this; internal network which brings together all EU members and finally, the legal terms," he said.
He emphasized that the legal terms are the most important pillar, since noncompliance with them paves the way for monopoly.
Each supplier - the significant player in its region - is important for Europe, according to the ambassador.
By entering this market, Azerbaijan strengthens its competitiveness and this meets the national interests of all European countries, according to Calka.
The Southern Gas Corridor envisages the delivery of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas condensate field to Europe.
As part of the second stage of the field's development, gas will be exported to Turkey and European markets by expanding the South Caucasus gas pipeline and the construction of Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) and Trans-Adriatic (TAP) gas pipelines.
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