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Turkish Stream’s Implications for EU Gas Infrastructure DevelopmentNew Atlanticist 2015 - other articlesPublished: 4 of June, 2015

Since South Stream’s termination in early December 2014, governments in Central and Southeast Europe (CSEE) have championed a litany of pan-regional pipeline proposals to carry gas from Russia’s planned delivery point in Ipsala, Turkey via the Balkans to Baumgarten, Austria, while meeting local consumption along the way. The underlying assumptions for these dedicated pipelines are twofold; first, that at least two of the four strings (31.5 billion cubic meters) of Turkish Stream will be completed on time and second, that Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller will make good on his still-dubious promise to end Ukrainian transit by 2019. Turkish Stream is underpinned by tangible political and economic momentum while Miller’s overzealous assertion is more reflective of Moscow’s geopolitical agenda than a realistic projection of the CSEE infrastructure landscape in 2019.

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