Expert: close to Turkey gas transit from Russia on the southern direction is dangerous

MOSCOW, September 26 — RIA Novosti. Close to Turkey, the transit of Russian gas to Europe via the southern route is impractical, says Vice-rector for international cooperation and external communications of Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation, the General Director of the national energy security Fund Konstantin Simonov.

“I personally believe that to build two lines of the (gas – ed.) through Turkey and turn Turkey into a transit country is a dangerous story, in my opinion,” he said during the video-conference in MIA “Russia today”.

Simonov opined that it would be better to build a pipeline to Turkey and the second in Bulgaria and then through the jumper in Greece.

Russian supplies to Turkey about 14 billion cubic meters of gas via the “Western route”, which passes through the territory of Ukraine. The term of the contract for gas transit from Russia to Europe via Ukraine expires at the end of 2019. Earlier it was reported that Russia will not renew the contract after 2019.

The presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the negotiations agreed to resume work on the “Turkish stream”. As for South stream, Putin said that Russia suffered losses after the failure of the European partners of this project, and now the one talking about his resume a little, — and need to have the “concrete” guarantee.

“Gazprom” September 14 reported that he had received the first permit of Turkey for the construction of the offshore section of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” in the framework of the preparatory procedures for the resumption of the project. A week earlier, on September 7, Gazprom announced that it has received the first permission of the authorities of Turkey on Turkish stream”, and now the project moves to implementation. Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak told RIA Novosti that he expects the signing of the intergovernmental agreement on the project in October, now is the coordination of this document and the road map.

Gazprom and Turkish Botas on 1 December 2014 signed a Memorandum of understanding on construction of gas pipeline “Turkish stream”. The pipeline will pass 660 kilometers in the old corridor of South stream and 250 kilometers-within a new corridor towards the European part of Turkey. It is assumed that the supply of gas through the first pipeline will be entirely designed for the Turkish market.