Putin Launch TurkStream Pipeline, Talk Regional Crises
Russian President Putin visit Syria.
Further Russia President Putin reach Turkey talk to President of Turkey on violence in Middle East.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have inaugurated a dual natural-gas pipeline that will open up a new export route for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe.
Putin joined Erdogan in Istanbul on January 8 for the official opening of the TurkStream pipeline — a project that is part of Moscow’s efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine. The construction began in May 2017 and cost nearly $8 billion.
The pipeline was a sign of “interaction and cooperation for the benefit of our people and the people of all Europe, the whole world,” Putin said at the inauguration ceremony.
Russian President Putin visit Syria. The visit comes amid increased tension between the US and Iran. It also comes a day ahead of a meeting between Putin and his Turkish counterpart to discuss Syria and Libya.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit to Damascus on Tuesday and met with President Bashar Assad and other top officials.
It is only Putin’s second visit to Syria, where Russian troops have helped government forces take back large swaths of the country from various rebel factions since 2015.
“In his conversation with Assad, Putin noted that we can now say with confidence that a huge distance has been traveled towards restoring Syrian statehood and the country’s territorial integrity,” Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Syrian state media reported that the two leaders met at a Russian forces assembly location near the capital and listened to military briefings.
Russia has already started European gas deliveries through the pipeline, Bulgarian gas operator Bulgartransgaz said on January 5. The pipeline terminal is near the Turkish village of Kiyikoy, some 20 kilometers from the Bulgarian border.
It’s part of Russia’s long-term goal of reducing or ending gas transit through Ukraine with alternate pipeline projects, such as Nord Stream 1 and 2.
Both connect to Germany underwater but the near-completion of Nord Stream 2 has been delayed due to U.S. sanctions. The ceremony in Istanbul was also attended by the leaders of Serbia and Bulgaria.