Turkey, Bulgaria reach agreement on natural gas pipeline

Added by on March 21, 2012

Turkey on Tuesday settled on a pipeline via northwestern Turkey in order to bring natural gas into Bulgaria.

The pipeline’s route, that will transport Azerbaijan’s gas to Bulgaria for unexpected shortages or emergencies, was fixed at the time of negotiations among Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

Borissov said during a joint news conference with Erdogan in the Turkish capital of Ankara, the Turkish prime minister brings forth a bureaucratic will on the subject and both sides could conclude the deal ahead of the May deadline.

For his responsibility, Erdogan expressed Turkey might in addition hold talks with Russia on the subject then “clear the road map” with regard to the pipeline understanding.

Bulgaria experiences failure in natural gas supplies on occasion, said Erdogan, adding that Turkey could just not leave neighboring nation by itself at those times.

The pipeline is envisaged to hook up the Bulgarian and Turkish national gas systems from Turkey’s northwestern zone to Bulgaria’s southern city of Haskovo.

A notice of understanding on the topic of energy co-operation among Turkey and Bulgaria was inked at the time of Borisov’s visit, together with 16 more deals on reciprocal cooperation in overall economy, travel and leisure, culture, intercommunication as well as shipping.

In addition both nations came to a decision to create a high-level cooperation system, similar to the one that Turkey has started with Greece, Russia, Iraq as well as Syria.