Turkish Stream puts the Balkans under the spotlight

The Balkans will be an important gas transit corridor once the second stage of Turkish Stream is built, but it could also lead to greater regional dependence on Russia
By Dariusz Kalan 6 September 2017
Ships laying pipeline for Turkish Stream Pipe-laying work on Turkish Stream. (Gazprom)

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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