“Negotiations with Russians on gas price from May 10, oil is a bigger problem”
President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, has said that negotiations on the price of gas with Russia will begin after May 10, stating that Serbia depends 100% on of Russian gas, and that it imports 60 percent of oil from Russia, and that currently there can be no talk of the diversification of gas supply.
“What diversification should we be talking about? In two years, we will have the possibility to get something to Serbia from somewhere else, but the question is what we can obtain. We are still working on the Bulgarian interconnector, and Bulgarians are yet to launch a tender in the upcoming days, and it will then take them at least 300 more days to build it on their side. What should we bring? Where from? It does not fall from the sky,” Vucic told reporters in Berlin after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.
He also recalled that Germany used 55 percent of Russian gas, and that energy products were becoming a huge problem.
“We are now starting negotiations with the Russians, after May 10, on the price of gas and everything else. We have more problems with oil. Whether we will bring oil through the Southern Druzhba pipeline, i.e. Janaf, because we cannot do it in another way, and who is sanctioned now, who will not be, that remains to be seen,” Vucic said.
According to him, in the last month, Serbia has been buying 60 percent of Russian oil instead of Iraqi, because Russian oil is cheaper and it comes through the Adriatic pipeline.
When asked if we will survive the winter, he says,
“Of course we will survive. It is not a question of if, but how,” Vucic said.