Russia and the Middle East
Sat, 10 april 2021Sat
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Key energy deal seals Russia Turkey reconciliation

Ties between Russia and Turkey continue to strengthen. Meeting in Istanbul on Monday, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on a project to build an undersea pipeline to get Russian gas to Turkey and then onto Europe.

Ministers signed the TurkStream accord on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress. It is the latest sign of rapprochement since Ankara expressed regret for shooting down a Russian fighter plane over the Turkish-Syrian border last November. The TurkStream pipeline will allow Moscow to strengthen its position in the European gas market and cut energy supplies via Ukraine, the main route for Russian energy into Europe.