MOSCOW, December 3. The construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” was suspended, said the Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak.
“Suspended negotiations”, – said the head of the Ministry of energy.
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Earlier, the head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller told the press that if desired Ankara “Turkish stream”, it is necessary to address to Moscow.
“As for the “Turkish stream”, in the first place, Turkey must address if the project is of interest. Currently Turkey has not appealed to us with this proposal,” Miller said, noting that if such treatment followed, then it would be considered.
On 1 December the government has decided to suspend the activities of the mixed intergovernmental Russian-Turkish Commission on trade and economic cooperation, which the Russian side is headed by Novak.
Earlier reported citing a source familiar with the negotiations, that the discussion of the project “Turkish stream” will be suspended in connection with the termination of activity of the intergovernmental Commission Russia-Turkey.
The preparation of an intergovernmental agreement with Turkey on the “Turkish cause” was carried out in the framework of the Russian-Turkish intergovernmental Commission. It was expected that the intergovernmental agreement could be signed in December or January. At the same time Moscow had considered the signing of the agreement on the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” in two of his threads, and Ankara – only one.
Source: Russia and Turkey will suspend the discussion on the project “Turkish stream”
An agreement on the construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” was reached in December 2014. Originally it was planned that the capacity of four branches of the pipeline will be 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year, of which 16 billion will be supplied to Turkey, and 47 billion on a gas hub on the Turkish-Greek border. In October, the head of Gazprom said that the company is limited to the construction of two lines of the “Turkish stream” because of the growing European needs until you can close the pipeline “Nord stream 2”.
At the same time it was announced that negotiations on signing of an intergovernmental agreement were delayed by the political situation in Turkey, where at that time there was approved the composition of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Attack on Russian bomber has led to a sharp deterioration in relations between the countries
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 28 signed a decree “On measures for safeguarding national security of the Russian Federation and the protection of citizens from criminal and other unlawful acts and on application of special economic measures against the Turkish Republic.” The document, including a ban or restriction on imports from Turkey of certain goods, the list of which is set by the government.
As previously reported, the fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 on November 24 shot down a Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.
The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for Russian-Turkish relations. According to the head of state, the Turkish air force attack on the Russian plane, which was involved in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, is a “stab in the back” of Russia.