BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 26. Bulgaria is one of the most dependent countries on Russian energy resources in the EU. Before the start of the war in Ukraine, more than 90 percent of the country's supplies were received from one single source – Russia, Alexander Nikolov, Bulgaria’s energy minister, said in an exclusive interview with Trend.
He pointed out that although several governments have declared in recent years that they were working actively to diversify energy sources, the military action and the suspension of supply by Gazprom have highlighted the real situation.
“The fact is Bulgaria has so far met its own consumption almost exclusively with Russian natural gas. The cessation of gas supplies to our country in this serious dependence on one source, and in absolute violation of the current contract, is a serious challenge for us. At the same time, however, this is a chance for Bulgaria to break this dependence and continue to develop its energy system on the basis of transparency, diversification, competitive supply and better conditions for consumers. The government's efforts in recent months address the implementation of these objectives,” added Nikolov.
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