Putin says Turkish Stream requires elaboration

The Russian president said he doesn't agree that the project is losing edge.

The Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project does not lose edge and goes in line with Russia’s and Turkey’s interests but it requires elaboration, Rusian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Interfax and Anadolu information agencies.

"I cannot agree that Turkish Stream is losing edge. One cannot develop and agree such a massive project overnight," the president said, adding that the project has "too many legal, technical, economic, organizational issues, including the number of lines of the pipeline taking into consideration real needs regarding volumes of gas purchases and pumping, which have to be solved together with our Turkish colleagues."

"The more qualitatively we work them out, the faster and with minimum risks and resources spending we will implement what we plan and provide sustainable direct supplies of Russian gas to Turkish consumers. The main thing is that the project goes totally in line with Russia’s and Turkey’s interests. Here we stick to the same view with my Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan," Putin said.

Russia, Turkey stances on Syria differ but do not hamper bilateral ties

According to Putin, Russia and Turkey have different positions on Syria’s problems but this does not hamper bilateral contacts.

"It is true that the two countries have different views on the ways to resolve the crisis in Syria. But the important thing is that Russia and Turkey share the same priorities - we both stand for settling the situation in the region and effectively combating terrorism," Putin said.

"With this in mind, the existing differences should not hamper our bilateral relations. On the contrary, in looking for the common ground, we draw upon vast experience of constructive cooperation between our countries," he added.

"While the US and the European Union unilaterally introduced sanctions, Turkey took an independent stand. Such an independent policy pursued by Ankara to meet its national foreign policy interests deserves great respect," the president said.

"Such a pragmatic approach opens up new horizons for the development of Russian-Turkish relations - first of all, their business dimension," Putin said.

Russian president’s aide Yuri Ushakov told journalists on Friday Syrian settlement will be in focus of a meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on November 15, at a Group of Twenty summit in Turkey’s Antalya.

"A meeting with the host of the summit, Turkish President Erdogan will take place [on November 15]. The two leaders are to discuss the situation in the economic sphere, our cooperation, energy cooperation. And, naturally, we expect them to speak about Syria," Ushakov said, adding he did not rule out that up to 90% of the meeting would be dedicated to the Syrian settlement.

First published by TASS.

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