The head of gas giant Gazprom says the Greek government is supportive of the idea of building a pipeline that would transport Russian natural gas to Greece through Turkey.
Aleksei Miller said after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on April 21 that a Russian-European consortium of businesses would provide funds to build the gas pipeline to Greece where it could act as a hub for further distribution into Europe.
He said Russian gas would be transported to Greece trhough the proposed Turkish Stream gas pipeline.
Miller said it would cost about $2 billion to build the extension to Greece and that Gazprom could guarantee the transfer of up to 47 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.
EU member countries imported a total of some 125 billion cubic meters of gas from Gazprom in 2014, the company reported.
Miller said the pipeline would be implemented "strictly in line with European [Union] legislation."
Miller remarks came a day before the European Commission is expected to charge Gazprom with antitrust violations in its dealings with some Central and Eastern European EU members countries.