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Turkey, Azerbaijan Sign Pipeline Deal

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey and Azerbaijan have signed a deal to build a $7 billion Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline (TANAP), a project meant to carry Azerbaijani natural gas supplies to European markets without passing through Russia or Iran.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev oversaw the signing of the accord in Turkey's capital, Ankara, on June 26.

Speaking to Turkey's parliament earlier the same day, Erdogan said the project would help transport natural gas to Europe that has been extracted from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field, as well as from other Caspian resources.

Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a preliminary agreement on building the pipeline in December.

The latest deal aims to see the project completed and operating within six years.

Erdogan said the pipeline also would be capable of transporting natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa
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by: Arab the overman from: Heavy hearted desert
June 26, 2012 18:25
Turkey is preparing war, and get sources for war effort. İran and Russia will stop gas and oil selling to Turkey in future.

Russia will try to cut Trans-Anatolian oil-gas pipeline, will try to invade Georgia or Azerbaijan. Russians are coming... America and NATO are coming... China and İran are coming... We are being populous, someone must go from Middle east !
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by: Alex from: LA
June 26, 2012 21:54
Build it and Armenians will destroy it, since that gas will travel through their ancestral lands that were stolen with crime of genocide of Armenians.
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by: Ahmed from: Kurdistan
June 27, 2012 06:51
"Build it and Armenians will destroy it" isnt that the national motto of Armenia?

PS Last time I checked those lands belonged to Kurds.
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by: Sey from: World
June 27, 2012 17:19
Last time I checked they also belong to Assyrians.

Are you going to divide them between yourselves?
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by: William from: Aragon
June 28, 2012 06:18
Hello Arab,

The Middle-East is the cross-road for three continents, there will always be somebody coming and going. Let us hope they are not shooting as they come!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 27, 2012 19:57
Good luck with this project, guys, one can be sure that it will be just as successful as its predecessor - the Nabucco pipeline project, that has been promoted by such outlets as the RFE/RL for more than 5 years as an "alternative" to gas supplies from Russia and which simplemente died quietly in March this year, when the absurdity of the premises it had been based on became obvious even to the most delirious of US/EU/NATO policy-makers.
Par contre, look at the gas-pipeline projects that Putin starts and finishes: the North Stream deal - the one that actually reinforces the European dependence on the Russian gas supplies - was signed in 2005 and in 2011 the pipeline itself was put into practice. And now the Germans and others are paying the Gazprom good money for the gas they receive via the North Stream. Whereas all the "Nabuccos" and Tanaps just remain some imaginary projects that will exist on paper only.

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