A source in Ankara confirmed today, Saturday, to the Novosti news agency that work between Turkey and Russia to establish a gas center is underway and issues related to design, construction and marketing are being evaluated.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia could send gas from the North Sea to the Black Sea region and Turkey. The Russian leader discussed this idea with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and instructed to work out this issue in detail and promptly.
A source told RIA Novosti: “Work is underway and it requires estimates related to design, construction and marketing. The bodies concerned implement the directives of the two presidents, and the process remains under the control of the leaders of the two countries. .”
The source said that the exact location of the proposed gas center has not yet been determined, but it is likely – if the parties agree – that the region of Thrace (the European part of Turkey) will be a “suitable place”, as Erdogan had previously indicated.
According to the source, it is too early to talk about the cost of the proposed center, as it will become known after all the details of the project are clarified.
Answering a question about the possibility of imposing Western sanctions, in particular the United States, on Turkey because of the project, the source stressed that the gas center in Turkey is necessary, first of all, to ensure energy security in Europe, and “it must be realized that there will be no losers. “In this project.”