U.S. Urges Greece to Resist Russian Gas Pipeline | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

U.S. Urges Greece to Resist Russian Gas Pipeline

The United States wants Greece to focus on a Western-backed pipeline project rather than a rival gas pipeline that Athens is discussing with Russia, the top U.S. energy diplomat said on Friday after talks with Greek officials.
The United States, however, is pushing Greece to stick with the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) that is set to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe by crossing through Turkey, Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea.
"Turkish Stream doesn't exist. There is no consortium to build it, there is no agreement to build it. So let's put that to the side, and wait until there's some movement on that and see if that's relevant or not relevant and in the meantime focus on what's important — the pipeline we already agreed to, that Greece already agreed to," Amos Hochstein, the U.S. special envoy for energy affairs, told reporters after talks with the energy minister and a top aide to the prime minister. In talks with Greek officials, Hochstein said "we agreed far more than we disagreed", without giving details on the differences.
But in a statement after the talks, Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, part of the government's far-left faction that is keen to boost ties with Russia, said Greece would continue to back the Russian gas pipeline.