“We have sent [the intergovernmental agreement] on the first thread…The Russian side has prepared its proposals on the first thread of the Turkish Stream and has sent it to the Turkish side,” the source told journalists.
The source said the agreement was sent several weeks ago and added that the remaining legs of the pipeline will be covered in separate intergovernmental agreements.
The Turkish Stream is a proposed pipeline that will run from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea, from where it will extend through Greece to southern Europe. It is expected to become operational in December 2016.
The pipeline is a substitute for the South Stream project, which Moscow canceled in December 2014, over non-constructive diplomatic and regulatory actions by the European Union.