MOSCOW, January 15. /Corr. Andrey Kartashev/. Turkey withdrew permission to carry out works on the construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream”, said the Minister of energy Alexander Novak.
“Actually, this question should be submitted to Gazprom. But I reported and I have no information at the moment, Turkey has not withdrawn the permission to conduct the work,” he said.
Novak: Russia is ready to increase gas supplies to Turkey
Earlier, the Minister confirmed Russia’s interest in the project “Turkish stream”, in the case of interest to the European and Turkish sides. The question, according to him, worked out by the European Commission and the energy Ministers of the European countries. Novak noted that Russia is ready for such a project, but in the case that will finally “showing interest of European and Turkish partners.”
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin in December said that the project will be implemented, if Turkey will seek assurances of Brussels.
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.
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