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Documents on Serbia’s participation in TurkStream can be signed in January 2019

November 09, 19:42 UTC+3 BELGRADE

Russian Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov said the sides are progressing within the roadmap

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BELGRADE, November 9. /TASS/. Documents related to participation of Serbia in extension of the TurkStream gas pipeline can be signed in January 2019 during the visit of the Russian President to Belgrade, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov said on Friday.

"As far as the TurkStream is concerned, we have a roadmap, where we progress. I hope certain agreements as these become ready can be signed with high probability during the visit of our president to Serbia," Borisov said.

Moscow shares interest of Belgrade in gas pipeline development, the official said.

"We share interest of the Serbian side in TurkStream development and will facilitate at every possible way in implementation of one of possible options - the second line of the TurkStream - extension from Bulgaria’s border via Serbia to Hungary and then to Austria. This will provide serious additional dynamics to our trade turnover," he noted.

"This provides at the same time for construction of a rather capacious storage for gas - probably, within 1 bln cubic meters," Borisov added.

In May 2017, Gazprom began construction of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream near the Russian Black Sea coast. The project involved construction of the gas pipeline through the Black Sea to the European part of Turkey and further to the border with Greece. The length of the sea part of the pipe is expected at around 930 km, the overland part on the Turkish territory - 180 km.

The first line will be intended for the Turkish market, the second - for gas supply to the countries of South and South-Eastern Europe. The capacity of each line reaches 15.75 bln cubic meters of gas per year. The first gas supplies were planned for the end of 2019.

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