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Too Late for Apologies: Russia Halts Turk Stream Gas Pipeline

Is Erdogan sorry yet?

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"Turkish Stream," the ambitious project to  deliver Russian natural gas to Turkey via the Black Sea, and then further to Southern Europe, has been halted, according to Russia's Energy Minister. 

This is a huge blow, both for Turkey and for Russia. But apparently Moscow wants to send a clear message to anyone who shoots down its planes for no reason: 

<figcaption>On hold.</figcaption>
On hold.

Moscow has suspended the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project in response to Turkey shooting down a Russian jet in Syria, according to Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak.

"The negotiations on Turkish Stream have been suspended,” said Novak. The pipeline was discussed in the framework of the Russian-Turkish Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, which has been suspended, he added.

However, the project hasn't been completely canceled: 

“We are still hoping that Turkish Stream will be pushed back by a few years, rather than completely canceled," a second source said.

It really is a pity that it's come to this. Russia's energy deals with Europe continue to be sabotaged. Who benefits? 

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