Too early to discuss resumption of Turkish Stream project – Kremlin
It is too early to discuss the resumption of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, Russian president’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reported June 30.
“For now, it is probably premature to speak about it,” Peskov told reporters. “You know there are various letters of intent signed by Gazprom in Italy a few months ago. Various other routes are being discussed. It is too early to say which routes will be specified and enter the implementation stage.”
Earlier, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the Energy Ministry is expecting to receive instructions regarding the Turkish Stream project.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held phone talks June 29. The last time the two leaders spoke was November 2015 at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.
The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident.
Following the incident, Putin signed a decree on taking measures for ensuring the country's national security and special economic measures against Turkey.
Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Putin June 27 over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.
He said Turkey "shares the pain of the downed Su-24 pilot's death with his family" and "sees it as Turkey's pain".