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Armenia Issue Dogs Turkey-Azerbaijan Gas Talks

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz
Talks between Turkey and Azerbaijan over securing the Nabucco gas pipeline have stalled due to disagreements over Turkey's attempts to normalize relations with Armenia.

Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz today said that Turkish officials "have not talked with the Azerbaijanis for between a month and a month and a half, the fundamental issue here is politics."

Turkey signed protocols late last year with Armenia which agreed to establish diplomatic relations.

The talks over gas supplies from Azerbaijan are crucial to help fill the European Union-backed Nabucco pipeline project, which aims to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas.

compiled from Reuters reports