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The Turkish Stream Project in the EU-Russia-Turkey Triangle

The cancellation of the South Stream Project and the announcement of a new pipeline project in its stead, recently promoted and called the Turkish Stream, to connect Russia and Europe via Turkey has added a new dimension to Turkey-Russia relations. With its stable economic indicators and geopolitical position, Turkey has gained a critical position in shaping the global energy map by means of similar projects. The Turkish Stream, which was launched in an atmosphere of souring relations between Russia and the European Union (EU), represents a project that could play a critical role in improving Turkey-EU relations.

The Turkish Stream Project in the EU-Russia-Turkey Triangle
The groundbreaking ceremony of South Caucasus Pipeline in Azerbaijan on March 17, 2015. AA PHOTO / RESUL REHIMOV
 

Introduction

The civil war that broke out in Ukraine in 2013 and the Russian invasion of Crimea that followed opened a new page in relations between Russia and the Western world. Cold War tensions have re-emerged through the Ukrainian crisis. The United States of America (USA) and the EU responded immediately by implementing sanctions against Russia. When Russia retaliated by using the energy card because Continental Europe depends on a large scale of Russian energy, it became clear that this type of crisis would continue.

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