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Turkey as a gas distributor for Europe? These are Putin’s plans

After the Nord Stream pipeline leaks, Kremlin chief Putin proposed a new route for natural gas supplies. The ball is in the hands of the EU.

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Vladimir Putin puts Turkey into play as a possible new hub for gas supplies to Europe. At an energy conference in Moscow on Wednesday, the president suggested that the quantities of natural gas actually planned for the Baltic Sea Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines could be routed to Turkey via the Black Sea region. of gas destined for Europe could therefore be constituted in Turkey.

“This is, of course, if our partners are interested,” Putin said. Furthermore, the project must be economically feasible. Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said he heard the idea for the first time. However, the proposal should be discussed, he said at the same conference.

The head of the Russian gas giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, also spoke of the possibility of a new hub for Russian natural gas in Turkey. Both Putin and Miller also said the gas could be delivered to Europe through the intact parts of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline. The ball is in the EU court, Putin said. This must explain if they wish. “We are ready to supply additional volumes in the autumn-winter period.”

Last month, explosions damaged the Nord Stream pipelines off the Danish and Swedish coasts. In Europe and Russia acts of sabotage are assumed. The Moscow government sees the United States as a beneficiary, as the United States supplies Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Europe.

Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday in the Kazakh capital Astana. Turkey is striving to play a mediating role in the war in Ukraine, while Western countries like Germany have imposed sanctions on Russia and are trying to become less dependent on Russian natural gas.

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