Gazprom Declares Readiness for Dialogue On “Turkish Stream”

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

27th June, 2016


Official representative of “Gazprom” Sergey Kupriyanov said that the Russian side is open to dialogue with Turkey on the possible resumption of the “Turkish stream” project, reports “Interfax”.

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“We have always been open to dialogue on “Turkish stream”, and are still open now,” he said, commenting on the prospects of the project.

The “Turkish stream” project was supposed to be an alternative to the cancelled South Stream, which was planned to be laid under the Black Sea through Bulgaria to Europe. It was expected that the gas on the new line will be supplied to Turkey, Greece, and Europe. After the change of government in Turkey, the talks were suspended. The dialogue finally ended after November 2015 when a Russian Su-24M was shot down over Syria.

As was reported by Ruposters, on June 27th the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a letter to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in which he apologized for the downed plane and the death of the pilot Oleg Peshkov. Erdogan expressed readiness for any initiative to alleviate the effects of the incident. Regarding Alpaslan Celik, who earlier confessed to the murder of the pilot, a judicial investigation is underway.

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