Turkey holds talks with Russia, Ukraine over gas dispute

Energy Minister Guler said that Turkey continued its mediation to solve the natural gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

Turkey holds talks with Russia, Ukraine over gas dispute

The energy minister of Turkey said on Saturday that Turkey was holding talks with Russia and Ukraine to end natural gas dispute.

Turkey's Energy & Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said that Turkey continued its mediation to solve the natural gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

"We have talked with Gazprom (Russia's gas company) and Naftogaz (Ukraine's gas company), and the energy ministers of two countries," Guler told AA correspondent.

Guler said he met Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Korsunsky to Turkey on Thursday, and discussed recent developments and proposals for a settlement.

Korsunsky conveyed him a letter signed by the deputy prime minister of Ukraine, head of Naftogaz executive board and European commissioner for energy which was about Ukraine's demands from Turkey for a settlement, Guler said.

Guler said Turkey knew well about its responsibilities to provide natural gas for not only its citizens but also for Europe, and hoped that the dispute would be solved as soon as possible.

On January 6, Guler announced that the flow of natural gas from the western line of Russia to Turkey via Ukraine completely stopped.

Russia's Natural Gas monopoly, Gazprom cut the natural gas flow to Ukraine at the beginning of this year after dispute with this country over natural gas prices.

Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, which receive their natural gas over Ukraine had announced there was decline in the flow of natural gas through their pipelines.

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