Energy matters topped the talks held between the Greek Prime Minister and the visiting Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev. Karamanlis termed Azerbaijan as a partner of strategic significance for the EU and underlined that the Greek administration's goal was to expand cooperation between the two nations, reminding that it had begun with the TGI pipeline carrying natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe via Turkey and Greece.
Greece, added Kostas Karamanlis, was the first EU nation to import natural gas from Azerbaijan, stressing, however, that the negotiations and cooperation with Azerbaijan did not imply any change of strategy with regard to Russia.
Getting natural gas from Azerbaijan had always been at the centre of Greece's policies, as well as an integral part of the EU's objectives, continued the Greek Premier, noting that the implementation of two leading energy projects with Russia were on truck.
Kostas Karamanlis then went on to argue that Greece was after, planning and had succeeded in turning into an energy hub for south-eastern Europe, thus managing to serve its own interests, bilateral ties but also European strategy, as well.
President Aliyev hailed his visit to Greece as really successful, touched on the deals he signed and called on the Greek businessmen to invest in his country.
He noted that the bilateral ties were at a good level, stressed that energy cooperation played an instrumental role in bilateral ties and argued he wished to see energy cooperation expanded, since his country has pipelines and facilities that can guarantee energy safety in Europe and Greece.
Inviting the Greek head of government to Baku, Aliyev claimed that Azerbaijan could and would play a role in safeguarding energy safety in Europe. http://news.ert.gr/en/economy/news/19047-e...-synergasia.htm