South Stream: who gains, who loses

Gazprom Official Representative, Sergey Kupriyanov
1974 - Born in Smolensk region
1996 - Graduates, Moscow Physicotechnical Institute
1996 - Analyst, then department chairman, consultation agency “Sobolev”
1997 - Member, editorial board, “Equity Market” magazine
1997 - General Director Deputy, “Business Relations Agency”
2000 - First Chief Editor Deputy and Head of the analytical service, publishing house “Equity Market”
2000 - Chief Editor, “Company Management” magazine
2003 - Press secretary to the management committee Chairman and Deputy Head of the information and communications department, Gazprom

Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected to sign the agreement for South Stream gas pipeline during his visit to Bulgaria on January 17-18, 2008. The South Stream gas pipeline, to be built by gas giants Gazprom of Russia and ENI of Italy, will deliver Russian gas to Austria, through its northern arm, and to Italy, through its southern arm. The construction of this pipeline will increase Gazprom’s presence on the European market - and it worries many people in Europe and the U.S. But is there a reason to be worried about? Sergey Kupriyanov, the official representative and spokesman of Gazprom, is in our studio to answer this question.