New prospects are opening up to export Turkmenistan gas to Europe (photo: dpa)

First steps in Turkmenistan deal to supply gas to Europe

The Ukraine conflict has spurred talks between the European Union, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan to cut dependence on Russian gas supplies. An environmental study is underway to build a massive gas pipeline to transport Turkmenistan gas to Europe via Turkey and Azerbaijan. The project would fly in the face of Russian opposition which could still be a stumbling block.

<i>The European Union, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan have improved their cooperation since 2014 because of the Ukraine conflict and their common strategic interests in reducing their energy dependence on Russia, and diversifying their gas export and import supplies. A Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCP) pr...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Russia has a strong interest in preventing Turkmenistan exporting gas to Europe as it will be another competitor undermining Russia’s geopolitical influence in Europe
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