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Hungary’s gas supplies are already secured for 2020 even if a new Russian-Ukrainian agreement falls through, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a press conference after meeting Aleksandar Antić, Serbia’s minister for energy and mining. Hungarian gas storage facilities will be filled by the autumn, the minister said. According to an agreement signed with Antić, Serbia’s gas supply will be ensured via Hungary in 2020, he said.
Concerning the pipeline to supply gas through Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia, Szijjártó said it would not operate with full capacity before 2021 due to legal proceedings under way in Bulgaria, but added that after that year it could serve Hungary with as much as 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year. Antić said that good partnership with Hungary was a priority for his country, and voiced his appreciation for Hungary’s support in terms of securing gas supplies for Serbia. He added that Serbia was making all efforts to become a European Union member in the foreseeable future.