10 March, 2007
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Friday said that energy issues and the three-nation agreement to construct the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline with Bulgaria and Russia were not likely to be discussed during next week's visit to Athens by Matthew Bryza, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
"We are proceeding with a policy that we believe in. I do not see any reason why this should be an object of negotiations with anyone. We have good relations and cooperation with Russia, we have very good relations and cooperation with the United States," he told reporters.
Karamanlis made the statement after the end of the EU summit in Brussels, in response to reporters' questions. He was referring to a visit by Bryza on Monday for talks on a number of trade and business-linked issues, including direct investment and copyright.
Source: Athens News Agency