- Title: Putin meets Erdogan, says Russian gas pipeline ensures Turkey's energy security
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: SOCHI, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) (RUSSIAN POOL) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN WALKING OUTSIDE HIS RESIDENCE SECURITY HELPING TURKISH PRESIDENT TAYYIP ERDOGAN TO PUT ON JACKET NEAR CAR PUTIN GESTURING/ PUTIN AND ERDOGAN SHAKING HANDS AND POSING FOR PHOTO, ENTERING BUILDING PUTIN AND ERDOGAN ENTERING MEETING ROOM, POSING FOR PHOTO WHILE SHAKING HANDS/ PUTIN TAKING SEAT (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "(OVER GENERAL SHOT) TurkStream, gas pipeline heading to Turkey and South European countries, is completed and has been working in its' full." ERDOGAN LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "(OVER GENERAL SHOT) In this respect, I couldn't fail to thank you once again for inalterably consistent position on the construction of this gas pipeline which meets the interests of both Turkish people and Russia." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "(OVER WIDER SHOT) And now, when we see quite difficult, turbulent processes on the European gas market, Turkey is feeling absolutely confident and stable." FLOWERS ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "Above all, Turkish-Russian relations stand out in the fields of political, economic, trade and military in a unique way." PUTIN LISTENING
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 12:39
- Keywords: Erdogan Putin Russia Turkey gas meeting
- Location: SOCHI, RUSSIA
- City: SOCHI, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWRVVIF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (September 29) that Turkey is shielded from a gas crisis, which has gripped Europe, thanks to the Russian-built TurkStream gas pipeline.
Speaking at the start of talks with Erdogan in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin also thanked the Turkish president for his support of the pipeline, which runs to Turkey from Russia via the Black Sea.
"And now, when we see quite difficult, turbulent processes on the European gas market, Turkey is feeling absolutely confident and stable," Putin said in comments on TurkStream.
The inland parts of the link stretch further to southern Europe and are part of Moscow's plans to bypass its political foe, Ukraine, in exporting gas to lucrative European markets.
Russia commissioned TurkStream with an annual capacity of 31.5 billion cubic metres in early 2020.
Russian gas producer Gazprom has said it has increased total gas supplies to Turkey by almost 160% from the start of the year.
Nord Stream 2, a Russian-led subsea gas pipeline that crosses the Baltic Sea to Germany, was recently completed and is awaiting operating approval from German regulators.
Benchmark European gas prices at the Dutch TTF hub have increased more than fourfold since January due to low gas storage stocks, high EU carbon prices, low liquefied natural gas tanker deliveries and lower than expected Russian supplies.
The presidents on Wednesday began talks on curbing renewed violence in northwest Syria and on possibly expanding Moscow's sales of military defense systems to Ankara despite U.S. objections.
The talks are taking place in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi and the Kremlin said that Putin was ending a period of coronavirus-related self-isolation by meeting Erdogan.
(Producton: Dmitry Turlyun, Elena Ostrovskaya)
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