Hungary: Without Turkey, our energy supplies would not be secure

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that without Turkey, his country’s energy supplies would not have been safe, and without the “TurkStream” pipeline, Hungary would have faced a “very serious problem.”

This came in a statement he made Thursday on the sidelines of his participation in the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Szijjártó explained that Turkey and Hungary have strategic cooperation in the field of energy, noting that the “Turkish Torrent” pipeline is considered a very safe supply route.

He pointed out that there is harmony in work between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

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He continued: “We have a strategic cooperation that depends on the very good personal relations between the two leaders. The good harmony between the two leaders creates a stable basis for our strategic cooperation.”

Turkey has an important natural gas infrastructure through the Blue Stream (through the Black Sea), Turkish Stream and TANAP pipelines (to transport Azerbaijani gas to Europe via Anatolia).

The “Turkish Torrent” project is a project to extend two pipelines with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas annually, each from Russia to Turkey, passing through the Black Sea, with the first pipeline feeding Turkey and the second feeding European countries.