No en­ergy news from Lavrov’s fo­rum speech

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

Ex­pec­ta­tion­sof an in-depth dis­cus­sion of Greek-Rus­sian co­op­er­a­tion on en­ergy in the con­text of the 4th Greek-Rus­sian Fo­rum and the en­ergy con­fer­ence in­cluded therein were dashed on its first day yes­ter­day.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov – who launched the con­fer­ence with his Greek coun­ter­part Nikos Kotzias – avoided any ref­er­ence to en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Lavrov only made a vague re­fer- ence to Greek-Rus­sian re­la­tions, which he said are de­vel­op­ing de­spite the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions in Europe, and high­lighted the role that the prox­im­ity of the two peo­ples plays in the in­ter­na­tional fluc­tu­a­tions in the re­gion.

Rus­sia’s Deputy Min­is­ter for En­ergy Ana­toly Yanovsky was sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence but did not at­tend.

Greek En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis lauded Lavrov’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the con­fer­ence and made ref­er­ence to re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, stress­ing that Rus­sia is Greece’s big­gest sup­plier of nat­u­ral gas. He also said the Turk­ish Stream gas pipe­line project is a plan that can serve the Euro­pean Union’s aim for se­cu­rity of sup­ply and price com­pet­i­tive­ness. Sk­ourletis de­scribed the at­ti­tude of the Rus­sian govern­ment as “cre­ative,” say­ing it re­spects the reg­u­la­tions of the Euro­pean Union re­gard­ing the pro­mo­tion of Turk­ish Stream.

Public Power Cor­po­ra­tion head Mano­lis Panayio­takis used his speech at the same con­fer­ence to in­vite Rus­sian com­pa­nies to co­op­er­ate so that they can im­ple­ment joint in­vest­ment in for­eign mar­kets.

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