BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 5. Romania supports the development of the Southern Gas Corridor, said the country’s energy minister Virgil Popescu after his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Trend reports via Romanian media.
Popescu said that in the current geopolitical and security context, the partnership is a priority and energy resources should not be used as blackmail weapons.
“Together with vice premier – minister Sorin Grindeanu I had a meeting with the president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We focused on strengthening cooperation in the domain of energy, in the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Turkey. In the current geopolitical and security context, partnership is a priority and energy resources must not be used as blackmail weapons. I told him that Romania supports the development of the Southern Gas Corridor and we encourage the partnership between the two States to diversify supply routes," the minister said.
Azerbaijani gas supplies to Europe via the Southern Gas Corridor began on December 31, 2020. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the European leg of the Corridor, has recently reached the milestone of 10 billion cubic meters, which is the pipeline's full capacity. TAP's may be expanded to transport 20 billion cubic meters of gas per year, a decision that can be made after market tests.
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