KOMMERSANT: NABUCCO GAS GAMES LEAVE RUSSIA UNHAPPY

Fresh strategic shifts have occurred behind the gas projects designed to supply Europe with “blue fuel” through the alternative gas pipeline known as Nabucco. The pan-European gas line has now engaged a major Central Asian player in furthering its plans. Turkmenistan, a country that recently clashed with Russia over a pipeline explosion on Turkmen territory, has recently announced its desire to work more closely with Europe.
The misunderstanding between Moscow and Ashkhabad was caused by the April 9th explosion of a pipeline that transported Turkmen gas through Russia and on to Europe, says Russia’s Gazeta. The major Central Asian gas exporter is currently unable to export to the Western market while Moscow refuses to fix the pipeline.  The worsening of any bilateral dialogue between the two ex-Soviet states is giving Europe a chance to include Turkmenistan in its Nabucco project.
Now, Turkmenistan is making clear overtures towards Europe.
According to the Russian daily Kommersant, Ashkhabad promised Georgia its full support for Nabucco as a high priority gas project. Furthermore, the Turkmen capital was the site of an international conference which saw the need for a stable and secure route for gas transit discussed. During the conference, Turkmenistan’s president, Kurbankuli Berdimukhammedov, called for the diversification of gas flows using new countries as additional routes in order to stabilize the global economy. Mr. Berdimukhammedov’s stance received a positive response from European representatives. 
Turkmenistan’s change in policy has caused a disturbance in Moscow. And now, with Moscow’s plans to foil the Nabucco project in serious doubt, Russia’s focus seems to have gone entirely into promoting its own new pipeline called South Stream, which would run under the Black Sea and link Russia directly to Bulgaria while avoiding Ukraine.
The misunderstanding between Moscow and Ashkhabad was caused by the April 9th explosion of a pipeline that transported Turkmen gas through Russia and on to Europe, says Russia’s Gazeta. The major Central Asian gas exporter is currently unable to export to the Western market while Moscow refuses to fix the pipeline.  The worsening of any bilateral dialogue between the two ex-Soviet states is giving Europe a chance to include Turkmenistan in its Nabucco project.
Now, Turkmenistan is making clear overtures towards Europe.
According to the Russian daily Kommersant, Ashkhabad promised Georgia its full support for Nabucco as a high priority gas project. Furthermore, the Turkmen capital was the site of an international conference which saw the need for a stable and secure route for gas transit discussed. During the conference, Turkmenistan’s president, Kurbankuli Berdimukhammedov, called for the diversification of gas flows using new countries as additional routes in order to stabilize the global economy. Mr. Berdimukhammedov’s stance received a positive response from European representatives. 
Turkmenistan’s change in policy has caused a disturbance in Moscow. And now, with Moscow’s plans to foil the Nabucco project in serious doubt, Russia’s focus seems to have gone entirely into promoting its own new pipeline called South Stream, which would run under the Black Sea and link Russia directly to Bulgaria while avoiding Ukraine.
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