(QHA) -

All operations on Russia’s Gazprom-led project South Stream have been suspended, as they do not meet the requirements of the European Commission, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Economy and Energy said on its website.

“Minister of Economy and Energy Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project,”- the ministry said.

Earlier, June 9, Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski had ordered to suspend all activities related to the South Stream gas pipeline project until Bulgaria reaches agreement with the EU on it.

Note:The South Stream pipeline was designed to carry Russian gas to the EU bypassing Ukraine. Gas would be pumped to the Bulgaria’s Black Sea port of Varna before extending overland through Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia to supply gas to the Western Europe via Italy and Austria.