The Turkish authorities are ready to take the steps necessary to start realization of the project of construction of gas pipeline “Turkish stream”, which in this country would be supplied with Russian gas.
“We are ready to take steps towards the realization of this project, discuss it and make a decision. Any obstacles to this is not” – said the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with TASS ahead of his visit to Russia.
Erdogan reminded that Russia is the largest supplier of gas to Turkey.
“By the end of July 2016, the volume of natural gas imported from Russia amounted to 12.5 billion cubic meters. This shows how important economic partner in this area is Turkey,” – said the Turkish President.
At the end of July 2016, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich after negotiations with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Sisecam said that the Turkish authorities are ready to resume dialogue with Russia on the construction of “Turkish stream.” According to Dvorkovich, the project is at an early stage, but with the good will of the parties can move fairly quickly.
Later, the Chairman of “Gazprom” Alexander Medvedev said that the timing of the project construction of “Turkish stream” will be discussed in detail at the scheduled for 9 August 2016 the meeting of presidents Vladimir Putin and Erdogan.
In early August, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardym expressed doubt that the intergovernmental agreement on the construction of “Turkish stream” will be concluded in the near future.
“The talks went on and on but yet we are far from the signing of the intergovernmental agreement,” he said., noting that the construction of the pipeline must take into account the interests of other countries.
Turkey is the second largest market for Gazprom after Germany. Russian gas supplies to Turkey are carried out by passing under the Black sea gas pipeline “Blue stream” and TRANS-Balkan pipeline. In 2015, “Gazprom” has put to Turkey 27,01 billion cubic meters of gas, the main buyer which was the state-owned company Botas. The total volume delivered in 1987-2015 years in Turkey gas amounted to more than 391 billion cubic meters.