Turkey expects that the Turkish Stream gas pipeline is likely to be launched after 2017, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim told Interfax.
Turkey and Russia "have not yet reached the stage of the project's start," he said.
"Perhaps it would not be correct today to name 2016 or 2017 as the date of the gas pipeline's launch," Yardim said.
"In my opinion, if we manage to implement this project, this would be a great victory for both Turkey and Russia. Contacts between our countries on the matter are continuing," he said.
"There is no signed and binding contract regarding this project between Russia and Turkey now," Yardim said. "However, there is the desire and intention on the part of both Russia and Turkey to implement the Turkish Stream project," he said.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller had said earlier that the commissioning of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline was planned for December 2016.
Oleg Aksyutin, a Gazprom board member and department chief, also told journalists that the laying of the Turkish Stream across a shallow section of the sea would start before June 10.
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