Iran Says Turkey Can Not Export Its Gas to Europe

TEHRAN (–Iran’s deputy Oil Minister Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian said on Tuesday–that he hoped a meeting between Iran–Ukraine–Armenia–Georgia–and Russia would take place by September to discuss the export of gas from Iran to Europe. He stressed that Russia’s backing would expedite the process.

Considering Europe’s dire need to guarantee its energy supply–he said that Iran would serve as a logical source.

"Given that China–India–and Pakistan are among Iran’s gas clients and keen to bolster relations with the country–if other consumers of gas do not proceed in time–they may face a shortage of gas available for export.

"Turkey is currently the only importer of gas from Iran and transfer of gas to Europe via this country is one of the options on the agenda," he said.

"Turkey’s recent reaction to the issue and its intention to purchase gas from Iran and sell it to Europe directly is not acceptable to Iran–since another option would be to transfer it via Ukraine," he added.

Nejad-Hosseinian noted that the European Union (EU) opposes such a move–and that Turkey–in aspiring to join the EU–must abandon such hopes.

A cooperation agreement to export gas from Iran to Europe via Ukraine was recently signed between the two states–but the volume of the gas to be transferred via this route has not been agreed to.

Ukraine has proposed two pipeline routes to Iran for the transfer of gas: one is Iran-Armenia-Georgia-Russia-Ukraine-Europe and the other is Iran-Armenia-Georgia-Black Sea-Ukraine-Europe.


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