The Gazprom Export Head Adviser Andrei Konoplyanik said that Gazprom had introduced a variant of the South Stream gas pipeline construction project through the territory of Crimea annexed by Russia.
According to the project, the sea section of the South Stream gas pipeline is proposed to start from the Crimean peninsula instead of Anapa that will reduce the length and the cost of the underwater section to Bulgaria.
The new path of the South Stream will not pass to Central Europe through Serbia and Hungary as originally planned, but through Greece to Italy.
The South Stream gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year had to transport Russian gas to Europe through Bulgaria and Serbia. The project was stopped in December 2014.