Miller: Turkey in 2015 on the volume of demand for Russian gas came in second place

Miller: Turkey in 2015 on the volume of demand for Russian gas came in second place

MOSCOW, January 13. Turkey in 2015 on the volume of demand for Russian gas has become the second largest after Germany, has informed journalists the Chairman of Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller.

“In terms of demand for Russian gas in 2015, Turkey has taken the second place after Germany,” he said.

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As it was informed earlier, “Gazprom” in 2015, increased gas export to far abroad countries by 8% compared to the previous year, reaching 159.4 billion cubic meters. Earlier, Miller noted a significant increase in gas supplies to major consumer countries. In particular, shipments to Germany 2015 for the year increased by 17.1% to 45.3 billion cubic meters, Italy – 12.6%, France – by 36.8%, in the UK by 10.2%, Austria – by 11.5%.

In mid-December the Minister of energy and natural resources of the Republic of Turkey Berat Albayrak stated that Turkey will not stop attempts to get a discount on the Russian natural gas production and hopes to receive a discount on gas from Iran. October 26 oil and gas company BOTAS turned to international arbitration to resolve the issues of providing discounts for Russian gas, which was purchased from December 29, 2014. The parties were to sign the relevant agreements, as is already agreed on the provision of discounts, but these documents were not signed. An appeal to the court provided by the terms of agreements between companies BOTAS and “Gazprom”. Later in the Ministry of energy and natural resources of Turkey reported that the issue of lowering the price of Russian gas can be resolved without a trial, if Russia will provide a discount of 10.25%, which was the agreement.

The crisis in relations between Moscow and Ankara appeared after the Turkish air force on November 24 shot down in the skies over Syria, the Russian bomber su-24. According to Ankara, the aircraft violated the airspace of Turkey near the border with Syria. The defense Ministry said 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 bilateral relations. On 28 November he 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.”