The Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras along with his associates, were expected to fly to Baku, Azerbaijan, this evening. However his plane showed mechanical problems and was forced to land at the Elefsina airport.
After engineers performed a check on the aircraft, a test flight was conducted in order to determine whether the aircraft was safe to travel to Baku.
The test flight showed that the aircraft was not safe for flight, and there was no other way for the Greek delegation to make the journey. As a consequence, the Prime Minister’s trip to Azerbaijan was cancelled.
The purpose of the Prime Ministers trip to Baku, was to participate in the event for the signing of the TAP Gas Pipeline commencement.
During his visit, the privatization agreement of DESFA (National Natural Gas System Operator) would be signed by HRADF President, Konstantinos Maniatopoulos and Socar President, Rovnag Abdullayev, while in the presence of Azerbaijan President, Ilham Aliyev and the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras.