Russia's foreign minister has urged the European Union to support the idea of a Moscow-backed pipeline that would bring natural gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and the rest of Europe.

Sergei Lavrov said Friday the pipeline — which could include Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary — would bring "energy stability" to Europe.

Greece's left-wing government has expressed interest in the project, dubbed Turkish Stream. The United States, however, has been encouraging the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, which will take Azeri gas from the Caspian Sea to Italy.

Russia last year scrapped plans for another pipeline for Southern Europe amid a deepening crisis with the West over Ukraine.

Lavrov says that if the EU seeks energy security, "then Brussels must ... contribute to turning this idea into reality."