` Several Hundred ` Bulgarian's ` massed in `Sofia ' chanting ` EU did not Free Bulgaria from Turkish Domination – it was Russia '

#AceFinanceNews – SOFIA, March 24 – Several hundred Bulgarian citizens massed before the presidential administration building in the capital Sofia on Monday to protest against EU sanctions imposed on Russia.

Demonstrators gathered to wield posters reading “The EU did not free Bulgaria from Turkish domination, but Russia did” and “Crimea’s Bulgarians want Sofia to recognize the referendum”.

They arrived, attracting television broadcasters and news photographers, as the building assembled the country’s national security council to discuss events in Ukraine and possible consequences for Bulgaria.

Before the meeting, locals voiced confidence the meeting would not reach a consolidated agreement. Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev and his ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria have attacked Russia’s position and supported European sanctions.

But Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski stood against the punishment. “It should be mentioned that we would not support tight economic sanctions without analysing their consequences.

Our analysts say our country will be among those who will suffer the most from these consequences”, the premier said, adding that some “compensation mechanisms” needed discussion.

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` Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller says that within two years,` Russia ‘ will start `Supplying Gas ‘to ` Europe’ through a new route, which will be protected from transit risks’

#AceFinanceNews – Moscow – Operator of the South Stream offshore pipeline construction, the South Stream Transport BV company, will sign construction contracts covering offshore pipe laying of Line 1 and supplying pipes for Line 2 before the end of the current month, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on Tuesday, summing up results of the company’s Supervisory Board meeting, which approved signing the above-mentioned documents.

Among other things, the contracts also envisage activities aimed at the development of landfall facilities and construction of offshore crossings necessary for all four lines of the offshore gas pipeline both in Russia and Bulgaria.

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