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“The answer to your energy independence is not abroad.” Mike Pompeo visited Bulgaria

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Bulgaria and delivered a lecture at an event of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (CRIB). He condemned the actions of Russia, which stopped the supply of natural gas to Bulgaria, and indicated the production of shale gas as an alternative to Russian supplies.

“Just because you didn’t give in to pressure to pay for gas in rubles, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the cartels to stop supplying you. The answer to your energy independence is not abroad, but here, including through the potential for shale gas extraction,” Pompeo said, quoted by BTA. According to him, Bulgaria has the chance to “realize its potential as an energy center in Southeast Europe”.

The lecture was on “The geopolitical significance of Bulgaria: After the invasion of Ukraine and Bulgaria’s potential as a regional energy leader”. Pompeo arrived in Sofia at the invitation of the chairman of KRIB Kiril Domuschievthe employers’ organization announced.

Free Europe contacted the US Embassy in Sofia on the occasion of Pompeo’s visit. From there, they indicated that they do not comment on “travels of private individuals”.

In his speech at the event, Kiril Domuschiev also advocated the production of shale gas as an alternative to supplies from Russia and called Gazprom an “unreliable supplier”. Earlier, however, he supported the resumption of negotiations with “Gazprom” with the argument that supplies would be cheaper this way. Domuschiev participated in a press conference of former Deputy Prime Minister Cornelia Ninova, in which she called for the renewal of negotiations with the Russian state company, after it unilaterally and in violation of the contract stopped gas supplies to Bulgaria.

Mike Pompeo was secretary of state during Donald Trump’s term as president. He was appointed in 2018 after the firing of Rex Tillerson. He was previously the director of the CIA. As secretary of state, he criticized China’s treatment of the Uyghur community and Beijing’s policy toward Hong Kong. Pompeo defended the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

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