The Russian gas company “Gazprom” begins today to pump natural gas through Turkey via the “Turkish Stream” pipeline to Hungary, after Moscow and Budapest signed a long-term contract for 15 years.
Under the agreement, which entered into force today (October 1, 2021), 3.5 billion cubic meters of Russian gas will be pumped annually through the “Turkish Stream” pipeline, through Turkey to Bulgaria, then Serbia and then Hungary (Hungary).
Another billion cubic meters of Russian gas will be pumped annually to Hungary via Ukraine. In the past, most natural gas supplies from Russia were pumped to Hungary via Ukraine.
This gas agreement angered Ukraine due to its loss of part of the revenues of the transit of Russian gas, which it obtained in the past. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Budapest could not take into account the view of Kiev (the capital of Ukraine) on the issue of gas supplies to Hungary.