US Calls Azerbaijan and Turkey to Solve Dispute Issues on Gas Transit
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 March / corr. Trend K. Ramazanova/ The United States has called on Azerbaijan and Turkey to solve their disputes on the transit of gas through the Turkish territory to the world markets.
"There is a small dispute on gas transit. It is time for Turkey and Azerbaijan to come to an agreement. This problem can be solved very easily," Matthew Bryza, the assistant to the US Secretary of State on Europe and Eurasia said to journalists on 4 March in Baku. Bryza did not divulge the details of the dispute between the countries.
Bryza is currently in Baku on an official visit. Energy cooperation and the development of oil and gas and oil transport projects will be discussed during his visit.
The United States supports the construction of the Trans Caspian gas pipeline which will be laid through the bottom of the Caspian starting from the coast of Turkmenistan. The gas will be transported through the territory of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to the world markets. Azerbaijan plans to become an active participant of the Nabucco project. It will help ensure the provision of gas to Europe from producers in the Middle East and Caspian region. The pipeline will cross Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and will end in Baumgarten an der March, a major natural gas hub in Austria.