Russia suspends Turkish Stream talks with Ankara, - media

Russia has suspended the talks with Turkey on the construction of Turkish Stream gas pipeline and Akkuyu NPP.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Interfax quoting a source familiar with the situation.

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"Turkish Stream talks have been suspended. The same concerns the construction of Akkuyu NPP," the source said.

"Current supplies of Russian gas have not been affected by the embargo and will be carried out in accordance with the contract," the source added.

Turkish Stream talks have been going on for a year now. First, they got stuck in deal's package structure: the permission for line's construction was tied to discount on Russian gas. Then Turkey held its general election. In mid-November 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the new government of Turkey would take care of the project in the near future. "We hope that the new government of Turkey will be able to organize in the shortest possible time the elaboration of the key aspects of the agreement," he said.

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Turkey is the second biggest consumer of Russian gas after Germany.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated sharply after Russia's Su-24 bomber had been shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter. Ankara claims that the Russian aircraft violated the Turkish airspace. In turn, Vladimir Putin said that the Turkish Air Force attack on the Russian jet was a "stab in the back," adding the incident would seriously affect the Russian-Turkish relations.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n363224