Vladimir Putin prompts an attempt to sabotage TurkStream

Vladimir Putin prompts an attempt to sabotage TurkStream

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday (October 13) that Turkey was the most reliable way to deliver gas to the European Union and offered to build what he called a supply platform .

«Thanks to its strong stance in favor of the construction of TurkStream, Turkey has proved to be the most reliable route for Europe’s gas supply, although, as we have heard, it was the subject of a blast attempt. But thank God that didn’t happen and the gas pipeline is working fine Mr Putin said during his meeting with Mr Erdoğan in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana.

Mr Putin first suggested on Wednesday that Russia could create a major gas platform in Turkey by diverting supplies to the Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea, which were damaged by blasts last month.

Authorities in Sweden and Denmark are investigating the blasts to determine if they were acts of sabotage, but have not yet announced who they believe is responsible.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said during Russian Energy Week on Wednesday that Moscow will consider building additional lines on the TurkStream gas pipeline.

«This is one of the options to consider. The idea is analyzedsaid Mr. Novak.

During his meeting with Mr Erdoğan, Vladimir Putin appeared to be following up on these announcements.

«As part of the work of this center, which we could create together, we would of course like to have a platform not only for deliveries, but also for pricing, because that is a very important question – the question of pricessaid Mr. Putin.

«Today these prices are very high; We could easily regulate them at normal market levels, with no political overtones.»

Gazprom began transporting gas via TurkStream on January 1, 2020, including to Bulgaria and North Macedonia, replacing supplies via the Trans-Balkan pipeline with Ukraine and Romania. Russia has stopped supplying gas to Bulgaria, but Bulgaria continues to route Russian gas to Serbia, North Macedonia and Hungary.

Potential buyers of Russian gas are unknown as the EU has decided to end its dependency. Theoretically, Russia could try to export its LNG around the world if the necessary infrastructure is built in Turkey.

Mr Putin also said that works on the site of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant are progressing as planned, as 20,000 people work at the site. The schedule is apparently being adhered to and the launch could take place on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey in 2023.

Russian and Turkish leaders are expected to discuss possible diplomatic solutions to the war in Ukraine. However, they did not address the issue in their public statements.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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