MOSCOW, December 17. “Turkish stream” will be implemented if Turkey will seek assurances of Brussels. This was stated by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during a big press conference.
Novak: the construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” suspended
“It’s not like we broke off the negotiations, we need the European Commission written guarantees provided that all routes, including a possible route through Turkey to Europe not only implement, but is a priority, and the European Commission would support it. Now, if the Turkish partners will bring “to Gazprom” this paper from Brussels, we’ll move on. But so far, unfortunately, not visible,” said the President, stressing that the fate of the project depends on Russia.
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.
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 Minister of energy Alexander Novak, and which was to be discussed the project of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream”. Novak on 3 December reported that the construction project of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” is suspended.
Big press conference of Vladimir Putin. Text translation