Alexey Belogoryev, Deputy Principal Director on Energy Studies of the Institute for Energy and Finance, commented to Vestnik Kavkaza on the likely topic of gas negotiations between Russia and Turkey.
Alexey Belogoryev noted, that Donmez will primarily negotiate an additional discount on Russian gas supplied via Turkish Stream.
"Although the exact agenda is unknown, it is clear that the main interest that Turkey traditionally has is to obtain more attractive price conditions, because Turkish buyers have no questions regarding the volume of deliveries, Russia fulfills all obligations. It can be added that the security issues can be discussed, it is not in vain that today Vladimir Putin announced that there were attempts to undermine the Turkish Stream. It is obvious that the uninterrupted operation of both lines of the Turkish Stream is of mutual interest to both Russia and Turkey," he said.
“In addition, Turkey, possibly this year, would like to become an unspoken re-exporter of Russian gas to Europe, given the fall in European gas imports from Russia. Turkish Stream remains one of two pipelines that continue to operate specifically for Russian gas, and overall Turkey is well positioned to take a prominent place in the tacit re-export of Russian gas, if the EU is ready to turn a blind eye to the origin of supplies. It is also possible to discuss cooperation in terms of attracting Russian service companies to the development of fields or to the construction of various gas transportation infrastructure within Turkey," Alexey Belogoryev added.
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