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Russia Wants EU's 'Ironclad Guarantees' on Turkish Stream

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Russia is concerned about certain European Union member states' intent to "torpedo" the Nord Stream 2 energy project and calls for ironclad guarantees on the Turkish Stream pipeline project, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Meshkov said "we cannot but be troubled by the attempts of a number of EU institutions to torpedo energy projects in Europe with Russian participation, primarily the Nord Stream 2 project."

"In order to not repeat the sad experience of the South Stream… we expect from Brussels ironclad guarantees for the implementation of this [Turkish Stream] project," he said, expressing concern toward the European Commission's "ambiguity" over the pipeline's second leg.

Gazprom Chairman of the Board Alexei Miller visits the ETERNO shop of the Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant - Sputnik International
Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Needs No Special Agreement Between EU, Russia
The Turkish Stream project was announced in late 2014 by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Turkey. In November 2015, the project was suspended after a Russian Su-24 aircraft was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria. A thaw in relations between Moscow and Ankara began last June following Turkey's apology to Russia.

Moscow and Ankara signed an intergovernmental agreement in October 2016 envisioning the construction of two underwater legs of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in the Black Sea. The annual capacity of each leg is estimated to reach 15.75 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

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