Discounts for Russia’s gas supplies to Turkey may become one of the issues discussed during the official visit of Turkish President to St. Petersburg.
“During the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia, Moscow and Ankara may discuss the discount for Russian gas delivered to the country”, a source in the ministry said, adding that “the issue of discounts for the Russian gas supplied to Turkey has long been on the top of the agenda”. Also, the source said, the sides would discuss the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear power station.
The price for Russian gas has been $390 per 1,000 cubic meters for private companies since January 2015. In January-May, Turkey imported 10.14 billion cubic meters of gas versus 11.22 billion cubic meters in the same period in 2015.
According to the data provided by Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK), in 2015 Russia delivered 26.78 billion cubic meters of gas to the country versus almost 27 billion cubic meters in 2014.
Russia’s share in Turkey’s total gas imports stood at 50.84% in January-May.
Russian gas is delivered to Turkey via the Blue Stream and Trans-Balkan gas pipelines.
Turkey also imports gas from Iran, Azerbaijan, Algeria and Nigeria. Also, Ankara and Doha signed an agreement on supplying 1.2 billion cubic meters of liquefied gas from Qatar to Turkey. (TASS/Business World Magazine)