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Ankara Optimistic About Turkish Stream Pipeline Project Implementation - Erdogan

© Photo : TurkStreamPipes for the TurkStream Offshore Pipeline are stored at ports on the coast of the Black Sea
Pipes for the TurkStream Offshore Pipeline are stored at ports on the coast of the Black Sea - Sputnik International
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey wants to become a transit corridor for Europe and intends to establish an energy corridor together with Russia for energy supplies to Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin - Sputnik International
Putin to Discuss Turkish Stream Pipeline Project Development With Erdogan
ISTANBUL (Sputnik) — Ankara is optimistic about the development of the Turkish Stream pipeline project, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

"Turkey wants to become a transit corridor for Europe and intends to establish an energy corridor together with Russia for energy supplies to Europe. We look positively on the Turkish Stream, which is being developed by Russia. Through this pipeline gas will flow to the Balkans right across the Black Sea," Erdogan said at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul.

The Turkish leader recalled that the sides had already implemented the Blue Stream project, a trans-Black Sea gas pipeline to transport gas from Russia into Turkey.

"We are currently working on the TANAP [Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline], which in the future will connect with the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline and will become a new corridor to deliver gas to Europe," Erdogan added.

Turkish Stream pipeline - Sputnik International
Ankara Remains Committed to Turkish Stream Project Implementation
The Turkish Stream project was announced in the end of 2014 by Russian President Vladimir Putin on his state visit to Turkey. The pipeline is expected to run below the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and continue to a hub on the Turkish-Greek border, from where the gas could be transferred to Southern Europe.

In November 2015, the Turkish Stream project was suspended after a Russian Su-24 aircraft was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria. In June, following Turkey's apology to Russia for the November incident, the sides began a reconciliation process.

In late September, Russia's Gazprom energy company said it had received a majority of permits from Ankara on the construction of the pipeline. Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he had discussed the development of the Turkish Stream pipeline project with Erdogan.

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