Turkey, Russia launch pipeline

World News

January 8, 2020 - 11:10 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — The presidents of Turkey and Russia inaugurated the dual natural gas line connecting their countries today, opening up a new export path for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe and promising cooperation in trade and diplomacy.

The meeting in Istanbul between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin came amid deteriorating security in the Mideast, with U.S.-Iranian tensions high since the American killing of a top Iranian commander last week. Erdogan, with Russian support, vowed to work for de-escalation.

With TurkStream, Russian gas passes through the Black Sea to Turkey. Together, the two 578-mile lines under the Black Sea, along with the Russian and Turkish onshore pipes, have the capacity to carry 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas annually.

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