Extending TurkStream to Greece is possible, says Russian president
Russia is ready to extend the TurkStream natural gas pipeline to Greece, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Moscow, Anadolu Agency reported.
Tsipras said on Thursday that his country was in talks with the European Union regarding the extension of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline over Greek territory to other EU countries and proposed the name of the pipeline be changed to ”EuroStream”.
"We are discussing this with our Turkish and Greek partners, and it is quite possible. There is a built pipeline from Greece to Italy. We can think together how to fill this route with a real product," Anadolu quoted Putin as saying during the press conference.
Tsipras also repeated his country’s interest to be part of the project and said that such a partnership would increase Greece’s role in the regional energy domain.
The Greek prime minister accused the EU’s double standards regarding TurkStream, saying the European Commission prevented extension of the pipeline to Greece, Anadolu said.
The TurkStream pipeline, when completed, will consist of two lines with the capacity to transport 31.5 billion cubic metres of gas from Russia. The first line will carry 15.75 billion cubic metres of gas to Turkey while the second line will transfer Russian gas to Europe through Turkey.
The pipeline, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2019, can reach Europe either via Bulgaria and Serbia or through Greece and Italy.
Bulgaria has also launched a project for a new gas link with Turkey to extend the second part of the TurkStream pipeline to its border rather than Greece.