|Russia/Turkey kick off Turkstream|
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Istanbul. Putin press service clarified that no public events are planned for evening of January 7, the working agenda is full for the next day, January 8.
In particular, the Russian leader will take part in the official ceremony of launching the TurkStream gas pipeline on Wednesday.
Putin travelled to Istanbul from Damascus where he had a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, visited the headquarters of the Russian Armed Forces’ group in the country and driven along the streets of Damascus.
The Kremlin press service earlier reported that Putin has talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan planned for his visit to Turkey.
It is expected that issues of further development of the Russian-Turkish cooperation and current international problems will be discussed, including developments in Syria and Libya, the press service added.
TurkStream natural gas pipeline to be inaugurated with attendance of Turkish, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian leaders
The launch ceremony of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline will be held on Wednesday in Istanbul.
The leaders of Turkey, Russia, Serbia and Bulgaria will attend the ceremony of TurkStream, according to a statement released by Turkey’s Directorate of Communication.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to hold meetings with the heads of the states and governments to discuss bilateral relations, Libya, Syria and the regional developments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Istanbul at 9 p.m. local time (1800GMT) on Tuesday, following his visit to Syria.
The TurkStream natural gas pipeline was built to transport Russian natural gas to Europe via Turkey.
The Nord Stream project, operational since 2011 with an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters, carries Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea.
The TurkStream natural gas pipeline has a total capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters, out of which the first line will carry 15.75 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Turkish consumers.The second line will carry 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe via Turkey.
The Nord Stream 2, spearheaded by Russia's state-owned energy company Gazprom, is nearly complete and has the same annual capacity, running almost parallel to the first pipeline route.
Together they will meet the annual gas demands of a quarter of the European continent.The two pipelines will meet the annual gas demands of a quarter (25%) of the European continent...
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