Hungary and Slovakia are preparing for a possible disruption of gas supplies through Ukraine as Kiev and Moscow have not yet concluded a transit agreement after January 1, 2020. This was stated by the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Sieatto, after talks with Slovak Energy Minister Peter Ziga of the Hungarian electronic magazine quoted by Focus.
At a meeting held behind the scenes at the Belt and Path Forum in Beijing, Sijato said Budapest and Bratislava should be prepared if Ukraine stopped panting.
One solution was the creation of a southern supply corridor, extending the Turkish Stream pipeline through Bulgaria and Serbia into Hungary. Because of the Hungarian-Slovak interconnection, Slovakia will also have access to the "blue fuel," Sijato explained.
Hungarian and Slovakian gas suppliers, transporters and traders will set up a working group in September to prepare for such scenarios, he said.
The Hungarian chancellor also noted that Budapest had already agreed with Gazprom's chief executive, Alexei Miller, to buy part of the amount expected for 2020 in 2019 and keep it in Hungarian facilities.