Turkish Stream to be launched after 2017
The binding agreement on the construction has not yet been signed between Moscow and Ankara, and the pipeline is expected to run only after 2017, ambassador Ümit Yardim said in an interview with Interfax.
“It would be incorrect to say that the pipeline will be launched specifically 2016 or 2017,” the ambassador said, adding that Turkey and Russia “have not yet reached the stage of the project’s beginning.”
Yardım, however, added he believes that if the parties succeed in implementing the project, “this would be a great victory for both Turkey and Russia.” Moscow and Ankara continue discussing the matter, he said.
Previously, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said that gas supplies to Turkey via the Turkish Stream would begin in December 2016. The agreement on placing the pipeline in commission and beginning of gas supplies was reached at a meeting between Miller and the Turkish Energy minister. ■