Putin offered to redirect natural-gas supplies to Europe via Turkey and make the country a gas hub. Turkey said this is the first time it’s heard of the plan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised Turkey with his new proposal to redirect natural-gas supplies via Turkey.
Putin said Russia could send natural gas to Europe via Turkey, making it a “gas hub,” per Reuters. 
That’s because the key Nord Stream natural-gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe are damaged.
Turkey’s energy minister said it was the first time he was hearing about the idea. 

On Wednesday, Russia’s Vladimir Putin offered to redirect natural-gas supplies to Europe via Turkey, thereby making Turkey “the largest gas hub for Europe.”

“We could move the lost volumes from the Nord Streams along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea region and thus make the main routes for the supply of our fuel, our natural gas to Europe through Turkey, creating the largest gas hub for Europe in Turkey,” Putin said at an energy conference in Moscow, according to Reuters. “That is, of course, if our partners are interested in this. And economic feasibility.”

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