Russia’s 6 percent gas price discount not final, says Turkish energy minister
Turkey and Russia signed new agreements on energy during Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ankara visit on Dec. 1. AA PHotThe 6 percent gas price discount granted by Russia to Turkey is not final, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said, adding that price negotiations are continuing after Ankara submitted a counter bid seeking a deeper cut.
“We find the Russia’s move positive, but our counter proposal is still being negotiated. We are asking for more of a gas discount from Russia,” Yıldız said at a news conference Dec. 2 to announce the details of the latest energy deals between Turkey and Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said late Dec. 1 that Russia would give Turkey a 6 percent discount for the gas it supplies, but Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak later said Turkey was seeking a 15 percent discount.
Speaking also about a new pipeline project to be negotiated with Russia, Novak said no talks had been made about the potential share of Turkey’s state-run pipeline company BOTAŞ.