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Turkmenistan rejects White Stream suggestion

By M. Alkhazashvili
Tuesday, February 5
The Turkmen government has released a statement describing Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s comments on the possibility of transiting Turkmen gas to Europe via Georgia and Ukraine as “incomprehensible.”

Tymoshenko told journalists that Kiev is urging the EU to support the White Stream project, after meeting with European Commissioner Benita Ferrero Waldner in Brussels last week.

“The foreign office of Turkmenistan would like to declare that according to international practice the formal notice for construction of an international pipeline should come from the energy producing countries after due consultation and negotiations between the interested parties,” the statement reads, according to the online news source Turkish Weekly.