No political background: Putin calls tasks from Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a meeting of the "Russian Energy Week" forum on the construction of the Turkish Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines.
"Russia ensures stable, uninterrupted gas supplies in the European direction. We continue to implement such major infrastructure projects as the Turkish Stream, Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, "said the Russian president.
"I emphasize again: these projects are realized together with European companies and have only a commercial character. I would like to underline this once again: there is no political background here. "
The task of these projects, according to him, is to diversify the routes of gas supplies, to remove transit risks and thus to increase the energy security of Europe.
"That is why the logic of normal business relationships prevails over attempts to make the energy industry a hostage of political discrepancies," concludes the Russian president. & Nbsp;
The Nord Stream 2 project plans to relocate two gas pipelines from the Russian coast on the Baltic Sea to the German coast in parallel with the existing Nord Stream pipeline. The planned throughput capacity totals 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. According to original plans, the gas pipeline is expected to be completed this year. However, their commissioning could be postponed due to the attitude of Denmark, which has not yet granted approval for the construction of Nord Stream 2.
Turkish Stream consists of two strands with a throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The first strand is to supply Russian gas to Turkey. This pipeline runs from the Russian Black Sea city of Anapa to Kıyıköy in Turkish Thrace. The second strand will be completed by the end of 2020 and will supply gas to southern and south-eastern European countries. Originally, it had been extended to the border between Turkey and the EU.