Turkey says not informed of any Russia halt to oil link talks

Yildiz said the Turkish party had not been informed about any negative developments in the talks it held both with the private sector and the Russian government.

Turkey says not informed of any Russia halt to oil link talks

The Turkish energy minister said on Wednesday that as a member of the Turkish government he had no information regarding Russia's state owned pipeline corporation Transneft's decision to halt talks with Turkey on building the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline.

Speaking to reporters prior to Turkey-Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan energy ministers' meeting in Istanbul, Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said the Turkish party had not been informed about any negative developments in the talks it held both with the private sector and the Russian government.

Recalling Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's commitment and support to the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline project, Yildiz said, "I do not think that these remarks will be binding for the governments or they will do any harm to the project".

"We should assess why such a statement was made. Our addressee is the government," the minister added.

Yildiz also noted that activities regarding the pre-determined road map of the process continued smoothly.

Transneft's head Nikolai Tokarev has recently announced that the talks with Turkey on building the Samsun-Ceyhan oil link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean in Turkey have stalled.

In an interview with Reuters news agency, Tokarev said a rival project, the trans-Balkan pipeline, now looked more attractive than the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline, moreover, there were
many question marks about the project including the transport costs.

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, in his response to a question by a Turkish reporter last week, said they made a promise to the Turkish premier and would construct the pipeline together with Turkey.

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