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Prime Minister Borisov Meets Russian Prime Minister Medvedev

Prime Minister Borisov meets Russian Prime Minister Medvedev

Source: Port of Burgas
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov meets with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev – August 12, 2019 Prime Minister Boyko Borisov met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The two spoke at the First Caspian Economic Forum, which is being held in Turkmenistan. The Bulgarian PM stressed the importance of dialogue at the highest level and expressed satisfaction that after Medvedev’s official visit to Bulgaria in March, the conversation
about the possibilities for pragmatic and mutually beneficial cooperation is continuing now. Prime Minister Borisov emphasised the interest of our country with the Russian Federation to conduct an equal and mutually beneficial bilateral political dialogue, in which we are guided by our national interests and at the same time adhere to the common policy of the EU and NATO Member States. Prime Minister Borisov emphasised our desire to continue to develop cooperation with Russia on priority issues for Bulgaria in the economy, energy, tourism, transport, education, science and culture, social policy.  On the energy topic, which was one of the highlights of the Avaza talks, Prime Minister Borisov noted that Bulgaria pursues a policy aimed at ensuring energy security for both our country and the EU. The Bulgarian Prime Minister stressed that diversification is an important element in ensuring the security of gas supplies in the EU and added that Bulgaria is actively working on gas relations projects with neighbouring countries. Prime Minister Borisov paid special attention to the serious work of the Bulgarian government in connection with the implementation of the project for the Balkan gas distribution centre. The possibility of realization of the Belene NPP project under the conditions set by the Bulgarian side was also discussed at the meeting. Applications for participation in this procedure for selecting a strategic investor for the project are accepted until 19 August. According to Prime Minister Borsov, there will be a need for generating capacity in the region to generate clean electricity at affordable prices, taking into account the increasingly ambitious targets for reducing emissions in all sectors of the economy. In this sense, Belene NPP can become precisely such an electricity source for the region. In connection with the cooperation in the field of transport, Prime Minister Borisov expressed the interest of our country to discuss the possibility of developing ferry connections between the Bourgas port and the Russian ports of the Caucasus and Novorossiysk for passenger Ro-Ro ferries. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov expressed his satisfaction with the 16th meeting of the Bulgarian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic and Scientific and Technical Cooperation. The Bulgarian PM expressed his expectation that the next session would take place in the near future and further contribute to the development of bilateral relations. Source: Government of Bulgaria

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