Bulgaria stand-off over Russian pipe

Bulgaria will not resume work on the Russian-led South Stream gas pipeline project until it receives the all clear from the European Commission, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said yesterday. In a move that could inflame tensions between Russia and the European Union, the bloc’s executive arm last week asked the Balkan country to suspend work on Gazprom’s South Stream project pending a decision on whether it complies with EU law. Bulgaria is the EU’s poorest member and almost wholly dependent on Russian gas, but Oresharski said it would comply.