UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Friday gave high marks to cooperation with Russian energy company Gazprom.
“We have a very comprehensive cooperation in the field of energy. For us, it is extremely important to guarantee the security of the country’s energy supply. We would like to avoid the situation where a Hungarian house, family or business would be limited in the use of gas or petroleum products,” Szijjarto told reporters after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The minister noted that Hungary’s cooperation with Gazprom “is going very evenly”, adding that Budapest has been receiving “increased volume of gas deliveries on a daily basis” since September 1. Additionally, Szijjarto said an additional 5.8 million cubic meters of Russian gas arrived through the TurkStream pipeline, adding that TurkStream “is basically the only safe, reliable and predictable delivery root right now.”
“Today I expressed my gratitude to both Bulgaria and Serbia for providing safe transit, and, of course, to Turkish colleagues as well. And we hope that this cooperation with Gazprom will continue in accordance to the contract we signed,” he added. said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In September 2021, Hungary and Gazprom reached an agreement to supply 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year for the next 15 years. The contract caused an outcry among Western nations, while kyiv claimed it undermined Ukraine’s status as a transit country. In response, Budapest said Hungary is a sovereign country and decides for itself where to buy gas and how to have it delivered.
At the end of August, Szijjarto said that Budapest had reached an agreement with Gazprom on the supply of an additional 5.8 million cubic meters of gas per day from September 1.