Macedonia between Europe and Russia – The Turkish Stream issue

The prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, is openly friendly to Moscow. He has taken a stance against the Western sanctions on Russia and supports the proposed Russian gas pipeline that would probably go through Macedonia. (Business Insider)

The Turkish Stream is a working name of the proposed natural gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea. The proposed pipeline should replace the cancelled South Stream project.

U.S. urged Greece to reject Russian Energy Project. (New York Times)

According to Russian politicians, with the help of the local revolutionaries and ethnic terrorists, the West is trying to destabilize Macedonia in order to overthrow the democratically elected government and to withdraw the country from the Balkan (Turkish) Stream. (Global Research, Limes)

Which are other countries involved in this project?

Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, and Greece are also interested in participating to the projects. The objective of these countries is to diversify routes and channels of natural gas sources. (Sputnik News)

Why this is important for Russia?

If the countries decide to take part in the Turkish Stream project, Gazprom will have an opportunity to deliver gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine without drastically altering existing deals with the customers (Sputnik News)

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