Presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave the official start of the operation of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline at the launch ceremony held in Istanbul
Putin called the pipeline’s launch important for the whole of Europe and “unprecedented in scale.” He said the pipeline, which was built in a “hostile environment,” has high environmental security.
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“The supply of Russian gas through the Turkish Stream will help to improve the Energy Security of Europe as a whole,” Putin added.
Bulgarian Presidents Rumen Radev and Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic were also present at the ceremony.
In late December, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a defense budget law that proposes the imposition of sanctions against companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream. sea from Anapa to the Turkish coast, where the ground part of the pipeline begins. The project provides two so-called threads: one is necessary to supply Turkey, and the other – the countries of South and South-Eastern Europe.