Ankara and Moscow plan joint gas hub in Turkey

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Recep Tayip

1 Ankara plans to build a natural gas distribution center with Russia in Turkeythe northwestern region of Thrace, following a proposal from Moscow, President Recep Tayip Erdoğan said on Friday.

Department of Energy and Natural Resources

“Together with Putin, we instructed our Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the relevant Russian organization to work together,” the Turkish leader said.

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Russian President

3 He spoke to reporters on his return from Astana, the Kazakh capital, where he met the Russian President Vladimir Poutine.

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4 Putin on Thursday proposed that Turkey become a hub for Russian gas to third parties, including Europe, with a new pipeline and a natural gas exchange to determine prices.

5 “There is no delay here, now the two parties will work together.

6 All security precautions are also taken,” Erdoğan added.

7 It was not immediately clear how big the planned distribution center in Turkey will be and how soon it can be built.

Necdet Pamir

8 Turkey does not have enough storage facilities and pipelines to become a gas delivery hub, according to energy expert Necdet Pamir of Cyprus International University said Friday.

9 “Ankara must be able to negotiate cheaper prices for domestic use and have the right to re-export Russian gas.

10 If these conditions are not met, one cannot speak of a feasible hub,” explained Pamir.

11 According to Pamir, Putin’s hub proposal serves Erdoğan for his domestic propaganda ahead of the 2023 elections.

For Putin

12 “For Putin, he aims to use Turkey to make Europe understand that Moscow is not without alternatives or options for gas pipeline routes,” Pamir said.

13 Turkey had two active gas pipelines with Russia, the TurkStream (with a capacity of 15.5 billion cubic meters per year) and the BlueStream (16 billion cubic meters).

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