Ambassador to Ankara: the delay of the “Turkish stream” is not associated with politics

Ambassador to Ankara: the delay of the “Turkish stream” is not associated with politics


The postponement of the start of construction of the pipeline is mainly due to the fact that in Turkey there are transitional Cabinet, told the Russian Ambassador in Turkey Andrey Karlov. According to him, the project is interested both Russia, and Turkey.

ANKARA, 20 Oct. Fedor Smirnov. The delay in the commencement of construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” has no political dimension, apart from the fact that Turkey now has no permanent government, said Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov.

“Enter the first string, which is for Turkey, Gazprom had hoped to build by the end of next year, now this term is shifted by a year. For Turkey this project is important to supply it with gas, and I think she has wanted to be a transit state for Russian gas deliveries through its territory to Europe. This is a prestigious and profitable in financial terms. I don’t see a political component in the delay of this construction. It is connected mainly with the fact that Turkey now has an interim Cabinet of Ministers. After the elections of November 1, there will be formed a permanent government, and I hope after that all negotiations will go very quickly,” said Charles.

According to him, in the construction of “Turkish stream” equally interested in both Russia and Turkey.

“Therefore, I believe that the project “Turkish stream” will be implemented. Another thing is that if initially it was supposed that it will consist of four strings, now we are talking about two,” added the Ambassador.

Earlier head “Gazprom” Alexey Miller said that Gazprom considers realistic construction of only two branches of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” under the Black sea to Turkey with a total capacity of up to 32 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The text of the intergovernmental agreement with Turkey on construction of the first leg, he said, has already practically agreed.

Initially it was assumed the construction of four pipelines in of 15.75 billion cubic meters each, with a total capacity of 63 billion cubic meters per year. The project “Turkish stream” involves construction of a pipeline from Russia to Turkey across the Black sea. Gas first line entirely designed for the Turkish market, the remaining volume will be displayed on the Turkish-Greek border, where it is planned to build a gas hub. Construction was scheduled to begin in June, but the project is still under discussion.