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Political scientist: Moscow counts on recognition of Abkhazia by Turkey2010-01-13 12:55
According to Alexander Rahr, a European expert in energy issues and CIS countries, Russia has hope that Turkey will be the first pro-Western country to recognize Abkhazia - Apsnypress.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Rahr thinks Russia approached Turkey to expand cooperation in the sphere of energy.
Today in Moscow Russian President Medvedev meets Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to discuss a wide range of bilateral interaction, also paying attention to significant energy transporting projects, including South Stream.
The South Stream pipeline will go through the Black Sea bed from Novorossiysk to Varna.
Its two branches will go through the Balkan peninsular to Italy and Australia. The project must start operating in 2013. The South Stream must decrease the dependence of suppliers and customers from transit countries. The rate of flow must be 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The total investments in the project reach EUR 25 bn.