Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend / The US Government supports healthy rivalry within the energy field and Washington considers it inadmissible to use this as a tool of political pressure, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State on Europe and Eurasia, Mathew Bryza, stated at the meeting with Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Minister, Natig Aliyev, in Baku.
According to Bryza, the United States is interested in the provision of energy security in Europe. He greatly appreciated the role of the gas supplies from Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field to Greece, Italy and other European countries.
Bryza touched upon the issue of co-operation within the framework of the Caspian-Baltic Sea single energy area.
Voicing the official position of Washington he stated that should the borders of the single energy area of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ukraine include East European countries this will be assessed as a large contribution into the energy security of the region.
Aliyev was invited to the opening ceremony of a new gas pipeline between Turkey and Greece to be held in September.
The issues regarding negotiations with Turkey on the transit tariff for transportation of gas from Shah Deniz to Greece were discussed at the meeting. It was noted that negotiations would begin with Greece in the near future. The Trans-Caspian gas pipeline was also discussed.
According to Bryza, the United States greatly appreciates the transit opportunities of Azerbaijan and is continuing with negotiations on the transportation of Central Asia's gas, including that of Turkmenistan to Europe via Azerbaijan. "The United States intends to further develop negotiations within the energy field with Azerbaijan which is its strategic partner," Bryza noted.