Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have marked the completion of a key phase of TurkStream, a natural gas pipeline connecting the two countries.
Speaking at a ceremony in Istanbul, Erdogan announced the offshore part of TurkStream’s two parallel lines two kilometers deep in the Black Sea had been finished and said the final leg of the “historic project” had been reached.
The lines are expected to supply Russian gas to Turkey and European markets through Turkish territories. Together, the two 930-kilometer lines under the Black Sea, along with the Russian and Turkish onshore pipes, will carry 31.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually.
Erdogan said the two countries aimed for long-term cooperation and their relationship was not dictated by “other countries’ impositions.”