BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia, March 22 (Reuters) - Russia proposed that the European Union differentiate between local and transboundary gas pipelines in order to protect Russian pipelines in Europe, Russia’s energy minister said on Tuesday.
“We proposed to the EU to differentiate between gas pipeline systems for the EU local market and transboundary trunks from outside,” Sergei Shmatko said.
He added that this would resolve disputes over the EU’s so-called Third Energy Package, which Russia has criticised.
The package imposes limits on the ownership of EU pipeline infrastructure by gas suppliers and calls for the “unbundling” of over-concentrated ownership. Under the rules, Russia could be forced to sell off parts of its pipeline network in the EU.
“We sent our proposals and are waiting for the reply,” Shmatko said.
Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Steve Gutterman