Turkish Minister, US Envoy Discuss Nabucco Pipeline Project

BBC Monitoring via Comtex

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz met Thursday, June 4, with Ambassador Richard Morningstar, US special envoy for Eurasian energy, in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Speaking after the meeting, Yildiz said negotiations were under way over Turkey's reported demand for natural gas at a 15% discount from the Nabucco pipeline, a 3,300-km pipeline project which would transit natural gas from mainly Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz fields to European markets.

"Any agreement on this issue would be the one that would be debated between Turkey and the European Union," Yildiz said.

Responding to a question over a planned participation of Iran in the Nabucco pipeline, Morningstar said the United States had been imposing a number of sanctions on Iran.

"At present, we do not support Iran's participation in the project," Morningstar said.

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