Russia, Turkey discussing construction of two branches of Turkish Stream pipeline

Russia and Turkey are discussing the construction of two branches of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel, RIA Novosti agency reported July 29.

“Turkey is interested in the gas to be supplied directly, bypassing other transit countries,” he said.

“In general, the issue is the construction of two branches,” he said. “The second branch is intended for European consumers, south-western European consumers. It can also be laid through the Black Sea and the territory of Turkey.”

Russia abandoned the South Stream project in favor of Turkish Stream in December 2014, which involves the construction of the gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea, however, an intergovernmental agreement was not signed.

However, the project was frozen after the relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated in November 2015.

Source: Trend News Agency