The construction of the EastMed pipeline was on the air from the beginning and now it remains to confirm that this project is economically unsustainable, said Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidis.
Speaking to Trito, Mr. Kasoulides said that he always saw East Med as a tool for creating problems, especially in terms of efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue.
He noted that there are other options for the use of natural gas. He cited as an example the possibility of creating small pipelines, but also the sale of natural gas through oil tankers that will move in all areas of the earth.
He also said that Cyprus could export electricity which will be produced from Cypriot natural gas.
Referring to the tripartite cooperation, he stressed that their primary goal was cooperation in the field of security and stability, with emphasis on counter-terrorism.
Regarding the decision to establish a tripartite secretariat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kasoulidis said that at present it has not been implemented, as an additional budget is needed. He also stated that there was no appointment of George Lillikas in this position, since to do so requires a decision of the Council of Ministers. What happened, he explained, is that the former Foreign Minister asked Mr. Lillikas to take over as head of the Secretariat for tripartite cooperation.
Mr. Kasoulidis even indicated that he does not intend to overturn the decision of Nikos Christodoulidis.
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