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Bulgarian President blamed “Petkov” cabinet for new gas price and defended talks with Gazprom – Novinite.com

Kiril Petkov (left) and Rumen Radev (right)

President Roumen Radev described as shocking the price natural gas for September after returning from an official visit to the United Arab Emirates. Yesterday, the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) decided to increase the the price by almost 19% compared to August and stands at 353.21 BGN/Mwh. Asked to comment on a statement by Acting Prime Minister Gulab Donev that the government’s work will be judged by the the price of gasthe president said that the tasks of the incumbent government are to hold elections and control inflation.

Radev pointed out that the “huge jump” in the the price was due to two liquefied gas tankers contracted in July, when the “Petkovcabinet and the former management of Bulgargaz were still in power. He added that the the price of gas of them is almost twice as high as what businesses and consumers report as extremely bearable.

Same mix with Azeri gas can’t tone down these outrageously high values“, Radev said.

During the press conference during which the official authorities announced negotiations for the supply of Gazprom inevitable, Deputy Prime Minister Hristo Alexiev, who is also the head of the energy crisis unit, indicated that the margin the price for them it is 250 BGN/Mwh. In a previously written position, some of the employers’ organizations, including the Confederation of Employers, the Association of Industrial Capital, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, indicated that this was achievable with supplies from the Russian company.

Bulgargaz did not disclose transactions for the two tankers in September. In May, during a visit to the United States, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov contracted for two LNG carriers but the quantities were scheduled for June. According to data from “DESFA” – Greek gas carrier and owner of the Revithoussa terminal, on September 8, 88,626 cubic meters of gas must be unloaded in Bulgaria from the tanker QOGIR.

Today, Radev said that the supplies of Gazprom are among the options that have not been exhausted but it is clear that this is not the only solution and not at any price. He addressed a question to the Energy Ministry about the Russians’ response to the Bulgarian proposal to resume supply negotiations, following the unilateral suspension since the end of April.

It is a solution if good conditions such as the price and the rescheduling of deliveries are carried out,” he said.

However, this is not the opinion of the Chairman of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, Ivan Ivanov, according to whom the quantities from the Balkans gas central auctions, as well as those of Azerbaijan and deliveries of liquefied natural gas gascan ensure favorable prices for consumers and fully cover the country’s needs.

The interconnection with Greece is expected to start operating on October 1, which will increase the supply of Azerbaijani gas. Earlier in the day, the regional minister assured that its construction will be completed on time.

Radev urged parties not to draw ‘red lines’

On the occasion of the launch of the pre-election campaign today, Radev demanded a functioning parliament and a stable regular government after the next legislative elections.

He asked them to continue the policy of protecting citizens in crisis conditions, which, according to him, the interim government is carrying out. Also adopt the legal framework as part of the recovery and resilience plan, as well as implement reforms with a long-term horizon”that everyone is waiting for

I hope the parties have learned their lessons and in the campaign do not cut the bridges they will have to negotiate to form a government. The brevity of the last parliaments and governments clearly shows how far continuous red lines, negative campaigns and the refusal of dialogue can lead us“, said Radev.

He recommended the parties to campaign forward-looking, on behalf of the interests of society, as well as to base themselves on the facts and not abuse them.

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