Turkish, Russian presidents inaugurate major gas project

ISTANBUL, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the Turkish TurkStream grand venture for transporting Russian natural gas to Turkey and Europe is a historic project within framework of the Turkish-Russian relations and “the energy map.” Addressing inauguration of the project in presence of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said the two countries “accomplished” the venture in 2019 according to the pre-prepared plan.

Turkey purchased 400 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia in the past 33 years, he said.

For his part, Putin said cooperation between Russia and Turkey has been mounting in all spheres “despite tension and some powers’ bids to impede the coordination,” affirming that the grand project would be useful for the whole of Europe.

On regional tension, Putin indicated that Moscow and Ankara are seeking to tackle these jitters.

The project envisages installing two major pipelines, one to transport the gas from Russia to Turkey and the other to Europe.

Source: Kuwait News Agency