Turkey Russia ties thaw amid gas deal

Turkey and Russia has reached a significant moment in relations as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin set aside disagreements and sealed an energy agreement on Monday on the sidelines of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul.
Despite differences over Syria, the two leaders signed an intergovernmental agreement on long-delayed Turkish Stream natural gas project.
The project, initiated by Putin in 2014 as an alternative route to the canceled South Stream project that would pass through Bulgaria, intends to deliver Russian gas to Turkey and European markets through the Black Sea.
The project was suspended following Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in November 2015, but negotiations resumed after Ankara and Moscow moved to revive their relations in late June.

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