“President Trump’s Administration does not yet have a policy on Caspian energy”, Matthew Bryza, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow; Jamestown Foundation Board Member; former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan; CEO Lamor Turkey; Turcas Petrol Board Member, told Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net).
“I do not believe there will be an official US Government reaction to the Italian court’s decision”, he continued, answering the question about a US reaction on halting the TAP’s construction.
“Ultimately, I expect the Trump Administration will adopt the same policy of supporting the Southern Corridor and the previous generation of Caspian pipelines, as did the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations, even though Rex Tillerson and ExxonMobil opposed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan in the late 1990’s. But, even if the Trump Administration had already decided on a clear policy to sustain U.S. support for the Southern Corridor, it is unlikely it would comment on the decision of an Italian court. The European Union, however, might comment on a decision by a court of one of its member states that works against one of the EU’s highest priority energy projects”, Matthew Bryza said.
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