Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the country will build an international hub to transport Russian gas to Europe.
“We have agreed with the President Russia Vladimir Putin Regarding the establishment of a gas hub in Turkey through which gas can be transported to Europe.Therefore, Europe will order gas from Turkey,” the president turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks today at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Mr Erdogan added that while European countries are dealing with how to keep warm next winter, Turkey does not. The Turkish president also said that a natural gas center should be established as soon as possible, the most suitable location being East Thrace in the European part of Turkey.
President Vladimir Putin last week proposed the use of a pipeline to transport gas via Nord Stream 1 to Turkey, making the country “the largest gas transshipment hub in Europe”. Broken Nord Stream 1 pipe damaged By the end of September, Russia is estimated to be able to It took more than a year repair.
On October 13, the leaders of Russia and Turkey held talks in Astana to discuss the establishment of a gas hub in Turkey. Putin said Turkey was the “most reliable way” to deliver gas to Europe.
The only natural gas pipeline connecting Russia and Turkey is TurkStream, which runs from the coast of Russia, crosses the Black Sea, and reaches the Eastern Thrace region of Turkey, with a gas transmission capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters per year. In addition to Turkey, TurkStream supplies energy to a handful of European countries such as Serbia and Hungary, which Russia considers “friendly.” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on October 12 that Moscow would consider building an additional route for TurkStream.
As a NATO member, Turkey has remained neutral during the Ukrainian conflict, maintaining good relations with Russia and Ukraine, and has limited participation in Western sanctions against Moscow.
Turkey has twice hosted talks between Russia and Ukraine, and in July brokered a landmark food deal between Moscow and Kyiv with the United Nations, the largest prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine, with more than 200 people freed .
Yuying (follow TASS/Reuters)