Deploying the European gas-tightening strategy, the Russian president had the first sweet fruit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Turkey to open a Russian gas pipeline through Turkey to Southeastern Europe via Bulgaria on January 8.
|Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Serbia, Alexanderar Vucic opened the gas valve at the opening ceremony in Istabul. Photo: TASS|
Putin joined with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Serbia and Alexanderar Vucic to carry out the symbolic rotation, opening the gas pipeline to Bulgaria.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the National Convention Center in Istanbul, Putin emphasized that the pipeline system symbolizes “interaction and cooperation” for the benefit of the people of the two countries. and people throughout Europe and the world.
“All those present at the official launch of the gas pipeline are witnesses of a truly important event, not only for Russia and Turkey, but also for the countries of the southern continent. Europe, for the whole continent of Europe “, – Russian President affirmed.
He also emphasized that the successful implementation of the large-scale joint project “Turkish Flow” clearly demonstrates that the strategic partnership between Russia and Turkey has been successful, yielding results. distinct and tangible.
The Russian delegation to Turkey for the inauguration of this important gas project included Energy Minister Alexander Novak and CEO of Russian national energy company Gazprom Alexei Miller.
Turkey’s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez once said that Turkey wants to become an “energy center”, which will strengthen Ankara’s international position by becoming a natural gas transit country. Europe, although Turkey still depends on gas imports from Russia.
The Turkish Stream gas pipeline will connect Russia with the European side of Turkey and the Greek border via the Black Sea floor with 2 pipelines with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters each. One is intended to transport gas from Russia to Turkey and the second is to supply southern and southeastern Europe. Gazprom considers Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary to be Russia’s potential gas markets.
Bulgaria has begun receiving Russian gas through the Turkish Flow pipeline since January 1, while Northern Macedonia and Greece began receiving Moscow gas from January 5 via a compressor station. Strandja-2 gas in Bulgaria.
Turkey Stream and North Stream -2 pipeline (Nord Stream-2) are considered to be the pincer of Russian gas surrounding Europe, increasing the share of Russian gas in Europe.