Turkey can review alternatives to Russian gas supply
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey can review the alternatives to Russian gas supply if the sides fail to reach an agreement on making a discount for the gas supplied from Russia to this country, Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources told Trend.
Ankara and Moscow have held two rounds of talks on this issue to date, said the ministry.
Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz will announce the final results of the negotiations with Russia in coming days, said the ministry.
Yildiz said on December 11, 2014 that the two countries failed to reach an agreement on the gas discount. He added that Turkey intended to get a 15-percent discount for the gas supplied to the country from Russia by late 2014.
Moreover, Yildiz said on Dec.3 that Turkey was continuing the dialogue with Russia on reducing the prices for Russian gas.
He said that the gas price offered by the Russian side to Turkey is not the final price and expressed hope that the sides will discuss the prices for this gas soon.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey urges Russia to increase its discount for gas supplied to the country.
"After Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Turkey will get a 6 percent discount for Russian gas to be supplied to the country from January 2015, Turkey demanded an increase in the volume of this discount," said Davutoglu.
He said Ankara hopes that taking into account Turkey's demands for natural gas, Russia would make an additional discount.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his visit to Turkey on Dec. 1 that Turkey would get a 6 percent discount for Russian gas to be supplied to the country from January 2015.
Russia is the main supplier of natural gas to Turkey.
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