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Turkish energy minister says no gas transportation to Israel via Blue Stream

Oil&Gas Materials 20 June 2010 00:59
The Turkish energy minister said on Saturday that there would not be any gas transportation to Israel via the Blue Stream until Turkish-Israeli relations normalized, Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkish energy minister says no gas transportation to Israel via Blue Stream

The Turkish energy minister said on Saturday that there would not be any gas transportation to Israel via the Blue Stream until Turkish-Israeli relations normalized, Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkey's Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said that Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had indicated during his visit to Turkey that shipping natural gas from Turkey to Israel via Blue Stream II was out of question at the moment due to some other reasons.

"And, I agree with Mr. Putin," Yildiz told reporters in Russia.

Yildiz is visiting Russia to participate in St. Petersburg International Economy Forum, an alternative to World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Davos, Switzerland.

The Turkish minister said Turkey and Russia also had a concrete project like Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline through which Russian oil would flow to many different markets.

Yildiz said Russia would attach more importance to environment in coming days.

Also, Yildiz said there was no possibility to enrich uranium in Turkey, and Turkey was backing its signature under nuclear swap agreement.

Turkey would support use of nuclear power for peaceful means in its region, but would be against any country if it was used for another intention, Yildiz also said.

Under the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give 1,200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.

Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the United States, France, Russia and IAEA, in Turkey.

Yildiz later had a meeting with Russian Deputy Premier Igor Sechin.

Energy Minister Yildiz will return to Turkey later on Saturday.

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