The second stage of Turkish Stream is set to transform the Balkans into a crucial transit corridor for gas supply to the EU but could also increase the region’s dependence on Russia.
The pipeline is seen as a second version of South Stream, the cancellation of which was lamented by many Balkan countries as it left them with only the Ukrainian route for imports of Russian gas.
Consequently, the new project has been well-received by several regional governments – including Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece...
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