Turkish Stream’s potential could be unrealised

By Abhishek Kumar 16 August 2016
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The chances that Turkish Stream will be built are low despite the improving relations between Moscow and Ankara. (Russian Presidency) The chances that Turkish Stream will be built are low despite the improving relations between Moscow and Ankara. (Russian Presidency)

The recent rapprochement between Russia and Turkey has reignited the prospects of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. Following a meeting between the Turkish and Russian presidents, the two sides have given positive signals on the project. A draft intergovernmental agreement could be approved in October, and the project’s first line could be completed in H2 2019.

The state of emergency declared by the Turkish government following the failed coup in July has attracted criticism from the EU. However, it has provided an opportunity for the country to mend its relations with Russia, which have been strained since a Turkish plane downed a Russian jet last year. However, icy international relations are not the only obstacle for the pipeline.

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