On June 4-7 he paid a working visit to Russia. As the Slovak Prime Minister said, he discussed in detail with the Russian leadership plans for the implementation of Nord stream 2. However, he did not disclose the details of the negotiations.
According to Pellegrini, Slovakia expects that its transit gas pipeline will be involved both in the Nord stream – 2 projects and in the planned Turkish stream project — the southern gas pipeline from Russia to Europe. Thus, Slovakia could compensate for the loss of payment for the transit of Russian gas, which is now coming through Ukraine.
The Prime Minister said that Slovakia is currently building a powerful compressor station for pumping gas after the commissioning of the Nord stream – 2. This is a purely Slovak project that will cost the national budget 60 million euros, said Pellegrini.
He said that he received assurances from the President and Prime Minister that Russia is not interested in causing economic damage to Slovakia, but on the contrary, will work with the Slovak side to find a solution so that the country does not lose the payment for gas transit. “So that, in the case of changes in transit routes, we continue to remain a strategic transit country,” says Pellegrini.
He also recalled that Slovakia has one of the largest underground gas storage facilities in Europe. The Republic is actively cooperating with Gazprom, providing the Russian company with a significant part of its gas storage capacity. Bratislava is ready to increase its volumes for Gazprom.