Historical signature for Turkish Stream

The intergovernmental agreement between Turkey and Russia on the construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline was signed in Istanbul yesterday. The agreement, signed in the presence of the heads of state of the two countries, envisages the laying of two parallel lines that will deliver gas both to Turkey under the Black Sea and to the EU via Turkey.

Russian President Putin and President Erdoğan, who attended the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, had an extremely busy day. The two leaders met at Mabeyn Mansion for a bilateral meeting after the opening session of the congress. The meeting between the two leaders lasted about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Following the meeting, an intergovernmental agreement for the Turkish Stream gas pipeline was signed. The energy ministers of the two countries signed in the presence of the leaders.

Putin announced that Russia lifted the ban on some Turkish agricultural products. Putin said that 500 million dollars worth of Turkish food products were purchased in 2015, and that with the lifting of the ban decision, the prices of these products, which Russia does not produce itself, will be cheaper in the domestic market, and pointed out “mutual benefit”. The Russian leader’s statement that “the ban on seed products and citrus fruits has been lifted” attracted attention. In this case, the export ban on tomatoes will continue.

Chairman of the Russian Federal Agricultural Products Inspection Agency (Rosselhoznadzor) Aleksey Alekseyenko announced that the previously imposed restriction on the entry of citrus fruits, peaches and plums from Turkey will be lifted.

Stating that, according to Sputnik, fruit deliveries from Turkey to Russia will come from safe regions and large businesses, Alekseyenko said, “We had a meeting with our Turkish counterparts last week. “We agreed to restart fruit deliveries, starting from pest-free areas and large enterprises ready to ensure safety under our control,” he said. When asked which agricultural products would be allowed, Alekseyenko answered, “Citrus and stone fruits, that is, traditional fruits for Turkey, peaches, plums and others.”


After the agreement was signed, President Erdoğan gave information about the meeting. Erdoğan stated that they had a full meeting with Putin and said, “23. We held our meeting in Istanbul for the World Energy Congress. The meeting will last 2 more days. This congress will have a much different richness. Today, we were together as heads of state in the opening speeches. Then we held our bilateral meetings. Our ministers continue their bilateral talks. These are also issues that particularly concern energy-related relations between countries. We had a full day with Mr. President regarding the relations between Turkey and Russia. “Finally, the agreements just signed have reached the point where they can be signed,” he said. President Erdoğan stated that he believes that the normalization process between Turkey and Russia will continue rapidly and said, “I believe that the normalization process between Turkey and Russia will continue rapidly. “We will develop these relations in many areas very well in the future,” he said.


Stating that the Syrian issue was also discussed during the meeting, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “Of course, a much more sensitive issue is the current developments in the region. We had the opportunity to discuss the Syrian issue in detail. We discussed the Euphrates Shield operation with them. We can cooperate on this issue, we have evaluated them. What strategy should we implement regarding humanitarian aid in the developments in Aleppo so that people can feel at ease? “We have made our mutual assignment on this issue,” he said. Erdoğan said, “We evaluated the Turkish Stream among ourselves. We have put an end to the acceleration of the process regarding the Turkish stream with the signature just signed. Regarding the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, our agreement is clear that the next process will continue rapidly. “I believe that the loss of time will be compensated for in the coming period,” he said.

Breaking news: Turkish Stream agreement was signed between Türkiye and Russia

Highlights from Russian President Putin’s statements are as follows:

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that they lifted the restrictions on some agricultural products that were banned from being exported from Turkey and said, “We agreed on a natural gas discount for Turkey around the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project.”

Making a statement after the meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Mabeyn Mansion, Putin said, “I would like to express my gratitude for the invitation sent to the congress. I congratulate our Turkish friends for the successful realization of this very big organization. We exchanged views on many issues for our two countries. “We agreed to make efforts to normalize bilateral relations,” he said.


Explaining that they decided to lift the ban on citrus fruits and fresh vegetables, Putin said, “I would especially like to draw your attention to this issue. We have opened the re-export of some items that were banned from being exported from Russia and Turkey. We lifted restrictions on some agricultural products such as citrus fruits. This is a mutually beneficial decision, after all. The agricultural sector in Russia does not produce such agricultural products. When these items are imported from Turkey to Russia, prices in Russia will decrease. It will mean the opening of the Russian market for our Turkish partners. The export volume of the items I mentioned in 2015 was 500 million dollars. Therefore, important decisions were taken and we agreed on the full normalization of our bilateral relations. Our mixed relations council will work on this issue in the coming days.


Putin also stated that they agreed on a natural gas discount for Turkey around the Turkish Stream project.


Putin stated that cooperation in different fields was also discussed during the meeting and said, “We discussed the development of our cooperation in other fields such as space in today’s meeting. We talked about improving cooperation in the humanitarian field. In response, the Turkish side offered us to organize Russian Tourism Days. We support this proposal. We are in favor of stopping the bloodshed in Syria. We think that everyone who wants peace in Syria should support it. Our view is the same for bringing humanitarian aid to Aleppo. “There is only one issue: ensuring security in the transportation of humanitarian aid.”


Putin continued his speech as follows:

“We made a suggestion to the American side not to open fire on humanitarian issues. The American side actually does not want or cannot do this. We agreed to accelerate contacts especially between our special services and military institutions. We are ready to continue cooperation in the field of defense industry. We hope to turn this into concrete projects. Suggestions from both sides at this point are being investigated. “We have the means to realize these.”

In the inter-delegation part of the meeting, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak and Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın attended from the Turkish side, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukaev and Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak attended from the Russian side.

On the other hand, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that there are differences of opinion between Russia and Turkey on Syria, but the two countries have demonstrated the political will to continue the dialogue.

According to Sputnik, answering the journalists’ question about whether Russia and Turkey have made progress in overcoming their differences of opinion on Syria, Peskov said: “Undoubtedly, there are differences of opinion and different approaches on Syria. “Still, at least the dialogue continues and the parties show the political will to improve this communication, and even this is a positive factor,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gazprom President Aleksey Miller stated that Russia and Turkey agreed to sign an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of two branches of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project, and that the agreement will be signed at the end of the Putin-Erdogan meeting.

Miller stated that the agreement envisages the construction of two arms within the framework of the project and that the two arms will be built by December 2019.

Source: www.turkrus.com