Russia’s Gazprom says Black Sea gas pipeline could replace volume lost to Nord Stream ‘terrorism’

Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom said on Thursday that the amount of gas that could be transported from Russia to Turkey via the Black Sea is expected to reach a defunct Baltic Sea pipeline after sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline. It said it could be comparable to the amount previously transported via

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller commented to Russia’s Channel One. Tas news agency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed earlier this week to create Europe’s largest natural gas hub in Turkey by redirecting supplies via the damaged Nord Stream pipeline to the Turk Stream pipeline in the Black Sea. .

The proposal comes after explosions in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines beneath the Baltic Sea last month.

“Turkey has become the most reliable route, now much more reliable route than Europe,” Putin said in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday. He further emphasized his thoughts. according to To the Turkish local press.

Erdogan has maintained friendly relations with the Kremlin as he has repeatedly called for it to play a mediating role in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Alexei, CEO of Gazprom, said: “If we talk about the amount that could emerge in the Turk Stream Corridor, new gas transport capacity, then we are talking about the amount lost in the Baltic Sea, the Nord Stream due to acts of international terrorism. there is,” he said. Miller said.

Miller said he believes demand for the gas set to feed the Nord Stream pipeline remains high and is likely to attract a wave of buyers.

“Buyers interested in purchasing these quantities of gas”

“Nord Stream 1 has gas delivery contracts in force. For reasons outside of our control, we are not delivering gas under these contracts at this time, but those contracts are still in force and we We have buyers interested in buying gas in the amount of ,” he added.

Gazprom’s CEO added that discussions are ongoing about a possible gas hub on the border between Turkey and Europe.

Erdogan said Local media said on October 14 that a new gas hub could be built in Thrace (Thracia), the westernmost part of the country.

The president told reporters that he had instructed the country’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources to prepare interim proposals on the matter. After looking at the proposal, both presidents will proceed with the plan if both sides agree.

Elsewhere on Friday, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Said Tass has data on explosions in the Node Stream pipeline, but declined to provide further details.

“We have data, but we do not specify it,” Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, told the publication.

Both Western and Russian officials are investigating the Sept. 26 explosion on a critical pipeline.

The United States and its European allies have launched an investigation into the matter, suggesting that Russian sabotage may be behind the incident.

But Russia on Thursday accused German, Danish and Swedish leaders of failing to invite the Kremlin to participate in the investigation, with the foreign ministry saying, “Unless Russian experts participate in the investigation, Russia will clearly We will not accept the false results of such investigations.” involvement. “

Katavera Roberts


Katabella Roberts is a news writer for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on US, world and business news.