Russia sidestepped in Azerbaijani-Turkmen pipeline talks
Friday 10 June 2011
BAKU (RIA Novosti) – Azerbaijan says Russia will not take part in talks to build a pipeline that will carry Turkmen gas to Europe.
Azerbaijan state gas monopoly Gnkar said the Trans-Caspian pipeline, which will run from Turkmenistan under the Caspian Sea to Europe via Azerbaijan, will “not cause any confrontation” with Russia.
“Russia will not create obstacles to this project, I think”, Gnkar Deputy Vice Chairman Vitaly Beilyarbekov said in comments carried by news channel ANS on Friday. “At the same time, Russia will not participate in talks on the Trans-Caspian pipeline.”
Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin said recently that the project should be agreed by Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan, which also have a Caspian coastline.
Beilyarbekov said the construction is due to begin within two years.