Turkey confirmed its willingness to resume dialogue with Russia on the construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream”, was announced on Tuesday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich after negotiations in Moscow with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Sensecam. According to Dvorkovich, the project “Turkish stream” is at an early stage, but with the good will of the parties can move fairly quickly.
A few hours a statement was made by Gazprom. The Chairman of the monopoly Alexander Medvedev said that the Turkish authorities confirmed their interest in the project and the timing of its implementation will be discussed in detail on August 9 at the meeting of the two presidents in St. Petersburg. The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Russia confirmed Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov
In December 2014, Gazprom and Turkish Botas signed a Memorandum on construction of gas pipeline “Turkish stream” (originally planned capacity of 63 billion cubic meters, then it was reduced by half) through the Black sea. He had to replace South stream, is blocked by the European Union. But this project did not last long and was frozen in the year 2015 on the background of the conflict between Russia and Turkey due to the Turkish military shot down a Russian su-24 bomber.
Since the freezing of negotiations with Turkey contractor of the “South stream” Saipem has charged “to Gazprom” the claim for €759 million for the termination of the contract and the penalty. “Gazprom” has filed a counterclaim against the contractor.
“We have always been open to dialogue on “Turkish stream”, open and now,” — said in June the official representative of “Gazprom” Sergei Kupriyanov. The monopoly is ready for implementation of the project: an infrastructure for gas supply in the black sea highway, purchased the pipes for the offshore part, contracts for the construction of the motorways of the sea.
Russia and Turkey traditionally associated energy interests. The deterioration of relations between the two countries had practically no impact on the gas trade: Turkey is the second market for Gazprom after Germany. In 2015, Russia has put the Turkish side of 26.9 billion cubic meters (in 2014 was a little over — 27.3 billion cubic meters), or 55% of its needs.