Energy ties with Turkey unchanged after failed coup: EU
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
REUTERS photoCooperation between Turkey and the European Union over energy continues and nothing has changed, said Miguel Arias Canete, the European commissioner for climate action and energy, on July 31.
Canete spoke to Anadolu Agency on energy relations between the EU and Turkey in the wake of the July 15 failed coup attempt in the country.
Canete said he got reassurances from Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak about Turkey’s commitment to the Southern Gas Corridor.
“We are positive that this will continue to be the case, since the Southern Gas Corridor is mutually beneficial,” he said.
Turkish people swarmed the streets on the night of July 15 to defend the democratic system against the coup attempt.
At least 240 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were killed during the failed putsch, while more than 1,500 others were wounded in the ensuing clashes.
The Southern Gas Corridor Pipeline project, with an aim to carry Caucasian gas to Europe, is seen as a project that will reduce Europe’s overdependence on Russian gas and help EU diversification of energy sources.
The project will include three major pipeline projects: The expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline through Azerbaijan and Georgia, the construction of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) across Turkey and the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) through Greece and Albania into Italy.