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The foreign Ministry assessed the situation around the "Balkan thread"

Construction of the pipeline "Balkan thread" (the Bulgarian part of the pipeline "Turkish stream"), as stated by the Bulgarian authorities, will be completed by January 1, 2021, are also preparations for the construction of Belene NPP, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the Fourth European Department of the MFA of Russia Yuri Philipson.

"The construction of the second line of the "Turkish stream" on the territory of Bulgaria is planned pace and the assurances of partners will be completed by January 1, 2021. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov holds the implementation of the project under personal control, regularly inspect the construction site. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which still makes itself felt, preparations for the construction of NPP "Belene" - said the diplomat.

"In June, the state Corporation "Rosatom", the French "framat" and American "General electric" signed a Memorandum on cooperation in the framework of the procedure for selecting a strategic investor for nuclear plant. Together the prospects of cooperation with Bulgaria in the energy sector are seen as quite positive," - he stressed.

Turkish stream is an export gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey through the Black sea. Design capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Commercial deliveries through the pipeline began on 1 January 2020. The opening ceremony of the "Turkish stream" was held on 8th January in Istanbul, the presidents of Russia and Turkey.