Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. A.Badalova / Azar Mursaliyev, the deputy editor-in-chief of the Russian Kommersant newspaper, has stated that the Russian gas will be beyond the competition for a long time.
"Europe cannot refuse from the Russian gas, Europe can only decrease its dependence from the Russian gas," Mursaliyev noted. Construction of Turkish-Greece pipeline on transporting of natural gas from the Caspian Sea, Central Asia and Middle East to Europe was completed. The gas pipeline is an important route for Europe, which tries to decrease dependence from the Russian gas. According to Mursaliyev, the construction of the pipeline is an important for Europe only due from political point of view. Mursaliyev considers that Russia can impose gas embargo to achieve political or economic concession.