A gas hub in Turkey is a realistic project that can be implemented fairly quickly.
This was during a press conference on the evening of Monday, October 31, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The head of state noted that gas is always bought, it is an extremely demanded product in the world and the most environmentally friendly hydrocarbon, which is an ideal primary source of energy for the transition to green energy. “I know that there are many consumers and there are also many who want to purchase Russian gas,” the president said.
Speaking about why Turkey was chosen as a possible location for a hub for gas supplies, including to Europe, Vladimir Putin explained that “working directly with European partners is very difficult.” He also pointed to the “tragic events” associated with the explosion of the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. “Europeans, as often happens, as almost always happens, they shut their mouths, as if it were the way it should be. Despite the fact that it fundamentally undermines their interests. What’s more, someone else got arrogant, they say that it was Russia itself that blew it up. It’s hard to imagine such nonsense, they come up with all sorts of nonsense, ”the head of state was indignant.
He added that it is “easier” with Turkey, since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a “man of his word.” “It may be difficult to agree, but if we agree, we try to fulfill it. This is the first. Second, it is easier for us to control the Black Sea. This is a quite realistic project, we will be able to do it quite quickly,” the Russian leader emphasized, expressing confidence that there would be enough people willing to make contacts.
“Let’s see what will happen this winter, next winter. But I’m sure contracts will be signed. In the end, we can use European countries as transit countries for deliveries to other regions of the world. But I have no doubt that there will be many people in Europe who want it too,” Vladimir Putin said.
In mid-October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declaredthat the international gas hub, initiated by his Russian colleague, will appear very soon and will probably be built in the region of Thrace in the European part of the country.