European Union recognises Hungary’s right to buy gas directly from Russia

European Union leaders have recognized the right of Hungary to conclude a contract on direct gas supplies from Russia

European Union recognises Hungary's right to buy gas directly from Russia
European Parliament President Josep Borrell Fontelles answers journalists’ questions during his visit to the capital Skopje, Monday, April 10, 2006. Top official of the European Parliament urged Macedonia on Monday to speed up reforms of police, judiciary and administration as a key condition this Balkan country to join European Union. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

This was stated by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel, reports the newspaper “Korrespondent”. According to him, Budapest’s decision does not violate European law in any way.

“EU member states are free to conclude bilateral agreements. As far as I know, there is nothing illegal in the deal between Hungary and Gazprom, nothing that would run counter to the European legislation”, –  Borrel said.

Hungarian company MVM Group and Russian Gazprom have signed a contract on fuel supply bypassing Ukrainian transit. This contract is designed for 15 years, and if desired, it can be extended for another ten years.

Kiev reacted violently to Budapest’s decision. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba conceded that he had such a right, but still condemned it and practically called Hungary a traitor. However, Borrell’s statement suggests that the EU will not support the hysteria of the Ukrainian authorities.

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