Putin, Erdogan Supports Gas Pipeline Project
On Monday, Turkey and Russia have made a deal and duly signed the papers of their agreement. The deal was they will build a gas pipeline from Russia. Since the two countries were pressed with efforts to normalize bonds they tended to tie up.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president looked over when both of their countries' representatives who are energy ministers sealed the intergovernmental agreement. For them The "Turkish Stream" project would take gas from Russia to Turkey. The European Union nations, would then enjoy the benefit of the project as it would be distributed to the said nations.
The "Turkish Stream" project had been previously suspended for some tensions between both parties, however it was finally signed on the World Energy Congress sidelines.
In one way or another the project is a springboard of restoring ties between the two nations. President Putin announced that his country had agreed to a natural gas discount to Turkey. Through this new partnership, it would also resume importing their products such as fruits, vegetables and other agricultural commodities.
The two nations have agreed to solidify defense contacts and also look forward into collaboration in techno-space. President Erdogan said that the sides agreed to accelerate the project and Russia has to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant.
"I am convinced that the process of normalization of our ties will continue rapidly. Our relations will (improve) in many fields, be it in defense industry, political, economic, trade, tourism or culture." said Erdogan to the reporters in a joint conference. He further stated that they will make up for lost time in the coming days.
The one who first initiated to have the Turkish Stream was Putin. He wanted the project to carry gas beneath the Black Sea to Turkey in 2014. On the same year when a pipeline project to Bulgaria fell through amid EU nations' opposition.
Since June, it was already the third meeting of the two statesmen, when the leader of Turkey beg pardon to Russia for shooting a Russian plane at the Syrian border. It destroyed the ties. Russia then responded by letting the missiles fly into the air base in Syria that imposed an array of Turkey's economic sanctions.
"Both Russia and Turkey support the end of the bloodshed in Syria. We share the same view that every effort should be made for humanitarian aid to be delivered to Aleppo. The only issue is the safety of the delivery of humanitarian aid," Putin added.
By now, Putin is very glad that Turkey is recovering and wish it success. His hopes are not only for Turkey, but also the success of their new partnership of the said project.