Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed the law on ratification of the agreement with Russia on the construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream”. About it reported in a press release on the official website of the Turkish state.
December 2, for the ratification of the intergovernmental agreement with Russia “Turkish stream” voted by the Turkish Parliament. The bill was supported by 210 MPs, seven opposed, and six abstained.
An agreement on the construction of “Turkish stream” was reached in December 2014. It was assumed that the pipeline will replace the project “South stream”, which was blocked by the EU. After Turkish air force shot down a Russian su-24 in November 2015, the project “Turkish stream” was suspended.
In late June, Turkey has apologized to Russia for the downed plane. In August in St. Petersburg took place the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan said that Turkey is interested in construction of a gas pipeline to ensure gas supplies to Europe.
On the same day, energy Minister Alexander Novak made it clear that while we are talking about the construction of one branch of the pipeline and for Turkish consumers. Work on the second line for the EU may occur, if Moscow will seek from the EU guarantees in its construction. According to Novak, the first line should be constructed by December 2019.
In early October, Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement on construction of two sections of the “Turkish stream.” The document was signed by energy Ministers in the presence of presidents of both countries.