Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday in Târgu Mureş that Hungary wants to buy natural gas from Romania, and Hungarian firms have already signed contracts with ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom to acquire the gas that would be exploited in the Black Sea, but from here everything depends on the American-Austrian consortium and Romania.
“The fact that in Romania laws are approved which in some cases regulate the energy field, this is not our job. You are a sovereign state and you fall into your sovereignty to set the rules. We understand that the issue of energy is a strategic and national security issue, we have never wanted and do not want to comment on your internal regulations,” Szijjártó said, according to financialintelligence.ro.
“Likewise, our interest would be like the Austro-American consortium to take this investment decision. And Hungary would open up to this opportunity to buy gas from Romania, we would like that. But in this case I can use the adverb that we ”would” like because we are not legislative here, we can not adopt laws instead of the Romanian Parliament and we can not invest here instead of Exxon or OMV. One thing we can do is to conclude the contracts. (…) Hungarian firms have already signed contracts with Exxon and OMV, on the Hungarian side the infrastructure is ready, the pipeline is ready, we have done everything. From here on, I can say that, unfortunately, it does not depend on us, but on the other three allies, Americans, Austrians and Romania, so that we can buy gas here,” the Hungarian Foreign Minister said, according to Agerpres.