Turkey and Russia to study Putin’s gas hub proposal


ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Russia have asked their respective energy authorities to immediately begin technical studies on a Russian proposal that would make Turkey a gas hub for the Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has floated the idea of ​​exporting more gas through the Turk Stream gas pipeline under the Black Sea to Turkey after gas supplies to Germany through the Baltic Sea Nord Stream gas pipeline stopped.

Erdogan said Russian and Turkish energy authorities would work together to designate the best location for a gas distribution center, adding that Turkey’s Thrace region, bordering Greece and Bulgaria, appeared to be the best place.

“Together with Mr. Putin, we asked our Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the relevant institution on the Russian side to work together,” Erdogan said. “They will conduct this study. Wherever is the most suitable location, we hope to establish this distribution center there. »

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