Mihajlovic: Gas deliveries are regular, the state is ready to react in all circumstances
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, Ph.D., said that Serbia currently has no problems with gas delivery, but that the country is preparing for supply disruptions during the winter due to the situation in Europe through the filling of warehouses and crisis plans.
"No one today who is dependent on the Russian Federation for gas supplies can be safe. The interruption of gas supplies to EU countries via North Stream 1 is not unexpected, because not only now, but also in the previous months and in recent years, Russia uses energy resources as its political weapon. As far as Serbia is concerned, for now there are no problems with deliveries, nor any announcements that there could be interruptions, and we see how important it is that we built the Balkan Stream gas pipeline and that we have the possibility of obtaining gas from two directions. Also, we are building the Nis-Dimitrovgrad gas pipeline and next year we will be able to buy gas from other suppliers," said Mihajlovic in the National Assembly, where she spoke at the "Days of America" conference in Belgrade.
"We don't know what can happen in the coming period, whether there will be new sanctions, whether some of the transit countries will decide not to supply gas any further, but we as a country are ready. We are replenishing stocks in the warehouse in Banatski Dvor and in Hungary, we have crisis plans. But, without the understanding of the great powers, there is no certainty. This must end, otherwise it will lead the world into an even bigger crisis and deeper divisions, and the question is how we will get out of it," said the Deputy Prime Minister, answering questions journalists.