In June 2013 the Shah Deniz consortium announced the selection of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline to transport Azerbaijani gas to European markets. The UK strongly supports the development of the southern gas corridor, and the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), visited Azerbaijan on 17 December 2013 to attend the Final Investment Decision (FID) signing ceremony for the second phase of the Shah Deniz gas field. We remain in close contact with governments along the route, as well as the companies involved in Shah Deniz and the Trans Anatolian and Trans Adriatic pipelines. These projects are not affected by EU sanctions against Russia.