In a first stage, until late August, 2.6 million cubic meters of additional gas will be supplied daily from the south through the Turk Stream pipeline, and the supply plan for September is already being negotiated,” the official said.
Following the Hungarian Government’s decision to purchase approximately 700 million cubic meters of natural gas in addition to the contracted amount, Russia’s participation will be vital to guarantee its acquisition.
According to Menczer, Gazprom began supplying the additional volumes of gas on Friday as a result of recent negotiations by Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and a series of trade consultations on the issue.
In late July, Szijjarto met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and with Deputy Prime Ministers Alexandr Novak and Denis Manturov.
At that time, the head of Russian diplomacy assured that his country would immediately analyze Budapest’s request to supply it with additional volumes of gas, with a response that has now become concrete.
As a consequence of the energy crisis in Europe as a result of Western sanctions imposed on Russia for the conflict in Ukraine, the Hungarian Government decreed a state of emergency in the energy sector on July 13.