06:37 GMT06 May 2021
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    The Greek prime minister said that the country was closely watching Russia-Turkey talks on a gas pipeline.

    THESSALONIKI (Sputnik) — Athens is closely watching Russia-Turkey talks on a pipeline that will bring Russian gas to the Turkish border with Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday.

    "We are closely watching negotiations and on-again, off-again relations between Russia and Turkey. We are glad to see those ties mended," Tsipras told reporters at the international fair in Thessaloniki.

    The talks between Russia’s Gazprom and Ankara on a plan to build the Turkish Stream pipeline across the Black Sea were revived last month. Meanwhile, Greece is preparing to make a case for another gas link to Russia before the European Commission in September.

    "By conducting a multifaceted foreign and energy policy, Greece will emerge as an energy hub. A great deal of success was achieved with the TAP [Trans Adriatic Pipeline]… But we said we would welcome any other pipeline that comes to our borders," Tsipras said.

    Gazprom, Greek gas corporation DEPA and Italy’s company Edison want to build a pipeline that will bring Russian gas across the Black Sea into Italy and Greece. They signed a memorandum of understanding on it last February.


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