Turkey, Russia agree on gas discount – Minister (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Moscow and Ankara have agreed on a 10.25 percent discount on the Russian gas supplied to Turkey, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz was quoted Feb. 27 by Turkish TRT Haber channel as saying.
Yildiz said in 2014 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, 2014 that Turkey continues 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," Davutoglu said.
He said Ankara hopes that taking into account Turkey's demands for natural gas, Russia will make an additional discount.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the visit to Turkey on Dec. 1, 2014 that Turkey will 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. Around 26.7 billion cubic meters of gas was supplied to Turkey from Russia in 2014 and it is planned to increase this figure to 30 billion cubic meters in 2015.
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