Russia is not planning to abandon the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov told Ria Novosti. However, according to him, it is difficult to predict further situation with the project amid the crises in the Russia-Turkey relations.
“The Turkish side failed to start negotiations on the intergovernmental agreement in 2015 due to the tense political situation, two parliamentary elections in Turkey,” he said. “It is very difficult to predict the further situation with the project in current conditions. So, first we are waiting for the Turkish side to come to its senses and do everything it must do for the normalization of bilateral relations.”
November 24, 2015 Turkish Air Force jets shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber when it entered Turkish airspace. After that, the relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated. Russian president signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and on special economic measures in regard to Turkey, in particular flights from Russia to Turkey were canceled; imports of foodstuffs derived from Turkey banned; and joined projects in the hospitality industry closed.
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