ECONOMY

Matthew J. Bryza, US deputy assistant secretary…

Matthew J. Bryza, US deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, meets Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis yesterday, with whom he discussed Balkan and energy issues. Speaking at a conference separately, Bryza said the United States aimed at sharpening competition in the natural gas sector by bolstering the negotiating position of Greece, Turkey, Italy, Georgia and Azerbaijan vis-a-vis Russia and its Gazprom monopoly. He noted that Greece receives 80 percent of its gas from only one company, but stressed, ‘our goal is not to have a standoff with Russia on energy.’