Alexey Miller's column
“Today is an important day in the South Stream history. By acknowledging on the inter-governmental level its commitment to take part in the development of an additional route of transportation of Russian gas to Europe, Austria became the seventh country participating in the onshore part of the project. Gazprom and its partner entered into a framework agreement on the implementation of South Stream in Austria.
According to currently achieved arrangements the basic gas pipeline will be laid via at least seven European countries and stretch for thousands of kilometers. Once the gas pipeline is constructed South and Central Europe will be forever safe from and secured against transit crises and cold winters.”
“Gazprom has not only ensured reliable and uninterrupted gas supplies to Russian and foreign consumers, but also considerably increased the supply amount. Over the last autumn–winter period our Company provided the domestic and the foreign markets with additional 15.8 and 20.9 billion cubic meters of gas, respectively, as compared to the identical period of 2008–2009. This is another vivid demonstration of the gas market improvement.”
“The changes have been introduced in the contract in pursuance of the intergovernmental agreements and don’t have a negative effect on Gazprom’s economics.”
“The Company is traditionally active in arranging amateur and professional competitions in Russia. They considerably promote sports activities and a healthy lifestyle. It should be noted that the Vitaly Fatyanov Competition is a crucial stage in the struggle for the right to host the 2016 World Biathlon Championship. I am sure that, if decently arranged and successfully held, the Competition will get us closer to this cherished goal.”
“I am sure that connecting the gas pipeline systems of Russia and Europe is a fundamentally new approach to ensuring the continent's energy security. The Nord Stream pipeline will not only ensure the highest reliability of supply, but will also make it possible to continue to meet Europe's growing demand for natural gas. Our collaboration with major European energy companies on the Nord Stream project will no doubt become a model of international cooperation for other large-scale gas transmission projects.”