The U.S. and EU regard the Balkans as an underdeveloped territory Politics, Europe EADaily
There is not even name left of South Stream, a project once supposed to make Serbia a significant hub for Russian gas supplies to the European Union. Last week, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that the South Stream company had been renamed into Serbian Stream and would engage in building an interconnector between the Serbian and Bulgarian gas networks. The pipeline is supposed to be 150 km long (100 km in Serbia and 50 km in Bulgaria) and to ensure Serbias energy security in future. According to Brnabic, the gas for the pipeline will come from the Southern Gas Corridor and an LNG terminal to be built in Greece. The funds will be provided by the EU. Serbian Stream will also be the contractor of the second string of Turkish Stream, a pipeline to be built through Turkey for pumping gas to Southern Europe, including Serbia. Two Serbian experts have answered EADailys questions concerning these projects.
Former Serbian Ambassador to Belarus (2004-2011), essay writer, the author of the Russian Gas in Europe: From Détente to South Stream (2011) Srecko Djukic notes that Serbia regards gas differently than the West and Russia do. For Serbian public officers, including the Prime Minister, the concept of gas pipeline is not as important as it actually is. They think that a gas pipeline is something you can build overnight. This attitude is reflected in Brnabics statements about the interconnector with Bulgaria and South Stream, Djukic told EADaily.
He said that the project to build....