Ukraine wants EU to block Turkish Stream

Oil&Gas Materials 28 July 2016 18:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

The EU, with political will in place, could block the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Chief Executive Officer of Ukraine's state gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy Andrey Kobolev told a Ukrainian TV channel.

“Neither Turkey, nor Russia has deepwater building technology. They will need the help of Western companies to build the seabed section of the pipeline. That’s why, if a great political will is there, the EU, by using sanctions can stop the project,” Kobolev said.

"It is a question of political will,” he said.

Russia has repeatedly stated its intention to halt gas transit via Ukraine.

The Turkish Stream project, which is meant to take the Russian gas to Turkey across the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine, was suspended due to sharp deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara after the incident with downed Russian air bomber on the Turkish-Syrian border in November 2015.

Earlier Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia is in talks on the Turkish Stream and other gas pipeline projects with European partners.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said that there are political decisions on the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and it is expected that Russian and Turkish leaders will give an impetus to the project during their meeting on August 9.