Bulgaria to stop work on South Stream pipeline due to EU concerns

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Bulgaria’s prime minister has said work will not resume on the Russian-led South Steam gas pipeline until clearance is received from the European Commission.

The US and the EU are concerned by Bulgaria’s choice of a Russian consortium to build its section of the project.

Bulgaria’s decision could inflame tensions between Russia and the EU.

The 28-nation bloc’s executive arm last week asked the Balkan country to suspend work on the project pending a decision on whether it complies with EU law.