European Commissioner recalled that gas pipeline Nabucco, together with other less large-scale projects — Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project of the Turkey-Greece-Italy Interconnector (ITGI), — comes in "Southern Corridor". These projects anticipate the supply of natural gas through the existing transportation system in Turkey, but also require a number of innovations, such as construction of new submarines and land-based pipelines. Guenther Oettinger said that the main strategic issues for "Southern Corridor" will be resolved before the end of 2011. He said that the EU access to the Caspian region and Central Asia, where are found the world's largest supplies of natural gas, which surpass even the Russian, is the main question for European countries.
According to the views of Oettinger, Moscow should be interested in Nabucco and its candidates — TAP and ITGI. European Commissioner for Energy believes that our homeland to come to terms with the fact that the "Southern Corridor" is imminent. A Baku and Ashkhabad "have the right to make their own decisions."
With all this Oettinger saw that if the Russian "will try to put a spoke in the wheel" Nabucco at the technical level, paving own gas pipeline "South Stream", or politically, exercising pressure on Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, he personally would be "less trusting and long-term gas contracts less believe in the idea that the gas is not a political tool for the Russian Federation."
The EU has given the European Commission a mandate to negotiate between Baku and Ashgabat to determine the legal basis Nabucco gas pipeline project. This is stated in the document "External energy relation Euro Union", which took the European Commission. It was presented by European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger. The document noted that the agreement between the European Union, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan regarding the Nabucco project will lay the foundation for the construction of infrastructure. And it will transport natural gas from Turkmenistan across the Caspian sea.
Nabucco consortium, which include the following companies: OMV Gas GmbH (Austria), BOTAŞ (Turkey), Bulgargaz (Bulgaria), SNTGN Transgaz SA (Romania), MOL Natural Gas Transmission Company Ltd. (Hungary), RWE AG (Germany), welcomed the EU's decision to the European Commission received a mandate for the negotiations between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the legal base of the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TAG). Speaking about the event, Managing Director of Nabucco Reinhard Mitchek said that on both sides of the Caspian Sea has a significant potential for the export of natural gas, and it is strategically crucial for the future of Turkish gas markets and the euro.
So Makar, European Alliance indicates its intention to directly intervene in the problem of the legal status of the Caspian Sea, which to this day has been the responsibility of the pool — Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan. It should be noted that our homeland and Iran oppose the construction of a gas pipeline under the Caspian Sea. In addition, the bottom of the sea still not demarcated. Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan believe that the construction of all this is quite natural gas infrastructure solutions. In case of laying the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, the EU would gain direct access to the gas fields of the Caspian Sea.
It is necessary to take into account the fact that the area of the Caspian Sea has become a region where countries are active military construction. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran is quite intensively secure their navy in the Caspian Sea. Well, Moscow announced plans gain the Caspian Flotilla. And, apparently, not in vain. Competition for natural resources are often flows from the legal, political field in "gunboat diplomacy."