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Global Energy Advisory October 14th 2016

Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict

• Russia and Turkey this week signed the contract for the Turkish Stream gas pipeline that will carry Russian gas under the Black Sea to Turkey. The historical deal follows a period of estrangement between the two countries which ended when Turkey apologized for the downing of a Russian military plane last year. A day after the signing of the contract, Russia removed a ban on some Turkish food imports it had imposed after the plane affair. Meanwhile, later in the week, the European Commission signaled that Turkish Stream may become a new gas supply channel for the continent, despite the EU not looking kindly to any pipeline projects proposed by Russia. The EC’s Vice President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said that buying Russian gas from Turkish Stream is not out of the question. Some energy giants, such as BP, have also joined the choir, with CEO Bob Dudley telling the World Energy Congress in Istanbul that BP would like to join the construction of Turkish Stream. Dudley added that Turkey has a central role in Europe’s energy security, reinforcing a message that has been sent repeatedly from Western Europe to Ankara: that Europe is ready to do virtually anything Turkey asks it to do, in exchange for that energy security, even if said security involves Russian gas that doesn’t pass through Ukraine.

• As Turkey is heading to a referendum to switch from a parliamentary system to presidential system,…




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