Hungary to build its part of South Stream, that bypasses Ukraine

2 July 2014 08:40
(QHA) -

Hungary says it will build its part of Gazprom's South Stream gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine to supply Europe,ABC News reports. 

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said July 1 in Serbia that "those who say we shouldn't build South Stream should make an alternative proposal about how we could live without energy."

Orban's comments underscore divisions within the EU over the pipeline, due to cross the Black Sea, Serbia, and Hungary to Austria.

The European Commission has called on EU states to resist Kremlin pressure over the project, saying the contracts Gazprom has signed breach the bloc's competition rules.

Bulgaria last month froze its South Stream construction work.

But Austria’s OMV energy company and Gazprom on June 24 signed a contract to build the Austrian section.

Serbia on June 17 reconfirmed its commitment to the project.