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Artak Shakaryan: Nabucco of political rather than economic importance

Public discussions have started in Turkey regarding the efficiency of constructing Nabucco pipeline. The debates are held in the cities through which the pipeline should pass – Ardahan, Kars, Erzurum, Gumushkhane, Sivas, Kirshehir, Kirikkale. The final stage will be held in Ankara. The pipeline will supply Azerbaijani and Middle Asian gas to Europe.

One of Turkey’s priorities is to become a crossroad for all pipelines. In this respect, Nabucco is of great political rather than economic importance, expert of Turkish studies Artak Shakaryan says.

Russia opposes the project and is carrying out an alternative South Stream program that will import gas from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to Europe via Russia. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has repeatedly criticized Nabucco project, noting that it is not perspective. It is not mere coincidence that construction of the pipeline is constantly delayed. According to recent data, it will be launched in 2012.

Meanwhile, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Energy Commissioner Guenter Oettinger are to visit Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan this week to try to secure gas for Nabucco from the region.

China, which challenges Russia and the US in Central Asia will also enter the region soon, Artak Shakaryan says.

Anna Balyan
“Radiolur”

http://www.armradio.am/news/?part=pol&id=18980

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