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Russia Pushing Ahead With Turkey Gas Link as Ties Improve

  • Russia seeks to build Black Sea gas route to bypass Ukraine
  • Government sent draft gas pipeline agreement to Turkey

Russia is on track to accomplish a major energy project aimed at cementing its ties with Turkey following a recent thaw in relations.

The government in Moscow expects officials in Ankara to make necessary decisions in one to two months to proceed with a natural gas pipeline under the Black Sea that may kick off by end-2019, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday. A draft intergovernmental agreement has been sent to Turkey, he told reporters in the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok.