Not Russia, but Turkey froze Turkish Stream, Erdogan says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
It was not Russia but Turkey, which froze the Turkish Stream project, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported Dec.5.
The reason for this fact is that Russia has not fulfilled the requirements of Turkey, Erdogan said, not mentioning the requirements of the country.
He went on to add that Ankara froze the Turkish Stream project before the crisis in relations with Russia.
Relations between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated after Turkish Air Force jets shot down the Russian SU-24 bomber when it entered Turkish airspace Nov. 24.
The anti-Turkish statements made by Russian authorities are similar to the spirit of former USSR, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier.
Turkey hoped that Russia has got rid of the USSR's propaganda rhetoric, but facts show that it is not exactly that way, he said.
No one believes in the anti-Turkish propaganda but Russian authorities, said the prime minister.
The Turkish Stream project involved the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea. The countries agreed on the project implementation a year ago - in Ankara December 1, 2014. However, an intergovernmental agreement was not signed. A source familiar with the situation reported that further negotiations on the construction of the gas pipeline were suspended.
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