Head of the Russian monopoly, OAO Gazprom Alexey Miller intends on 31 August in Turkey to hold talks on the resumption of the project of gas pipeline Nord stream, which is planned to deliver Russian gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine. This was announced by Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev, reports TASS.

“Plans for tomorrow’s visit of Alexei Miller, to Turkey, his meeting with his counterpart. I’m going there too, the process is actually already gone,” – said Medvedev.

According to him, the negotiations on the resumption of the project of the pipeline bypassing Ukraine has actually go, it was begun at the meeting of the Minister of economy of Turkey and the Minister of energy of Russia on July 15.

August 9 in St. Petersburg, held talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the parties agreed to resume work on the Turkish stream, to create a working group to work out a road map.

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Recall, on the background of restoration of relations, Turkey and Russia resumed negotiations on the construction of the Turkish stream, which the Russian government has suspended its decision of 1 December 2015.

The crisis in relations between Russia and Turkey began after 24 November 2015, the Turkish F-16 fighter jets after ten warnings destroyed the Russian su-24 bomber that invaded the country’s airspace. The Russian President called it a “stab in the back” by the supporters of terrorists and demanded an apology. In turn, the Turkish President did not apologize for the incident.

November 28, 2015 Vladimir Putin has imposed sanctions against Turkey. On the territory of Russia banned the import of food: chickens, turkeys, fruits, vegetables. Imposed a ban on the organization of tourist trips to Turkey and employment in Russia of Turkish citizens.

At the end of June 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent Russian President Putin a letter of apology for the downed plane.

The construction of the Turkish stream involved the construction of four pipe threads and step input. However, today we are talking about the construction of only two lines: one for local users and one for European.

The cost of construction of the first thread of a gas pipeline to Turkey Gazprom was estimated at €4.3 billion, all four threads at €11.4 billion was Expected that the pipeline will run under the Black sea to Turkey, and from there will continue to Greece.

The stream project was to be 50-60 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The Russian side hopes that the pipeline will help diversify supplies of Russian gas to Europe and reduce dependence on the transit from Ukraine.

The head of Gazprom Miller is flying to Ankara to discuss Turkish stream 30.08.2016

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