New Bulgaria-Greece gas pipeline ‘means freedom’ from Russia: European Commission

Bulgaria and Greece started commercial operation of a long-delayed gas pipeline on Saturday, which will help decrease southeast Europe's dependence on Russian gas and boost energy security. The 182-km pipeline will provide relief to Bulgaria, which has been struggling to secure gas supplies at affordable prices since the end of April, when Russia's Gazprom cut off deliveries over Bulgaria's refusal to pay in roubles. "This pipeline is a game changer. It's a game changer for Bulgaria and for Europe's energy security. And it means freedom," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during an inauguration ceremony in Sofia attended by the leaders of Bulgaria, Greece, Azerbaijan, Romania, Serbia and North Macedonia.