Bulgaria's economy minister says he's seeking emergency assistance from neighbors Greece and Turkey amid the European energy crisis caused by the cutoff of natural gas supplies from Russia.
Petar Dimitrov says he talked with his Greek and Turkish counterparts Thursday. He says Athens declared its willingness to help because it has stores of liquefied natural gas.
Dimitrov says existing Balkan pipeline networks can be modified to provide up to 2 million cubic meters of gas per day in emergency supplies.
Bulgaria is heavily reliant on Russian gas and is among the European countries worst hit by the gas crisis. Many homes and businesses are scrambling to find new sources of heat and power.