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Erdogan Welcomes Putin’s Idea to Make Turkey a Gas Hub

  • Idea may enable more Russian gas to flow to Europe via Turkey
  • Turkey is also looking for gas payment discounts from Gazprom
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Astana on Oct. 13.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Astana on Oct. 13.

Photographer: Vyacheslav Prokofyev/AFP/Getty Images

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Vladimir Putin’s proposal to turn Turkey into a regional hub for natural gas, potentially positioning the country as a key route for Russian flows to Europe.

The Turkish president met Putin in Kazakhstan on Thursday and they agreed to establish an international gas hub, most likely in the Thrace region bordering Greece and Bulgaria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.