Putin proposes gas supply hub in Turkey to ‘supply Europe’


Russian President Vladimir Putin formally proposed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, Establishment of Russian gas distribution center in Turkeywhich will also allow to create A platform to adjust prices. Putin thinks Turkey is the most reliable route for delivering gas to the EU, so it makes sense to point to a supply hub there.

“Yesterday at Energy Week, after consultation with your Minister of Energy and the head of the public oil pipeline and transport company Boots, we agreed to Gazprom to study the construction of a gas pipeline system and the establishment of a gas hub in Turkey Sale to third countries, mainly Europe, if interested“, he noted in the collected statements at the bilateral meeting Efe Agency.

Putin and Erdogan have held bilateral meetings since the sixth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence in Asia (CICA) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.

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The proposal comes as Russia seeks to maintain its energy influence in Europe while diverting supply from pipelines. North Stream, damaged by an explosion last month Still under investigation.

“In the course of the work of this center that we can co-create, of course, it will also be a platform, not only for supply, but also to determine price, because that’s a very important issue: the issue of price,” he said. Putin insisted. “Prices are soaring and we can easily adjust them to normal levels market, without any political background.”

silence on ukraine

The Turkish leader, who has yet to comment on Putin’s proposal, will hold a meeting with Putin on Thursday, stating his “goals” before the meeting, ‘It’s a ceasefire in Ukraine’.

However, as the Kremlin reported, the two leaders did not discuss the war in Ukraine, nor a solution to the conflict. “Russia-Ukraine deal was not discussed”The agency said estuary Quoting Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Erdogan tries to mediate between Moscow and Kyiv Since the beginning of the invasion on 24 February. He made an unusual diplomatic breakthrough in July when he brokered a deal with the United Nations to allow Ukraine to resume commercial grain exports from the Black Sea in ports blocked by Russia.

fertilizer transportation

The two leaders talked about fertilizer exports in addition to natural gas supplies. Erdogan proposed on Thursday that Moscow would export them to developing countries through Turkey.

“We stress that We want to strengthen the Istanbul agreement (for grain exports from Ukraine), which also includes the delivery of fertilizers from Russia through Turkey to less developed countries,” Erdogan said shortly before the start of a private bilateral meeting with Putin in Astana. “We even It is important for us to be able to work together to identify these countries[recipients]to help poor countries.”



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