Turkish minister demands Russia slash gas prices

Turkey demanded a reduction in prices for natural gas transferred via the Western Line pipeline, Turkey’s energy minister said during a conversation with journalists on Thursday.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız. AA photo

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız. AA photo

“We asked for a reduction in the price of natural gas that we import from Russia via the Western Line,” Minister Taner Yıldız said. “And if Russia does not respond to our demand, we will end the contract.”

The contract between Turkey and Russia will expire at the end of 2011.

Yıldız said natural gas prices increased 39 percent in the last 29 months.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency