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Sunday, July 23, 2017

“Turkish stream” gave a second wind

Ukrainian pipes, which are still the major supply route of Russian gas to Europe, apparently, living their last days. Russia and Turkey are ready to return to negotiations on the construction of the frozen at the end of last year “Turkish stream.” This became known following the talks, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

“Turkish stream” should pass under the Black sea and come ashore in the area of the settlement Kyukei. There are actually on the border with Greece, was planned to build a gas hub, through which Russian gas could flow to Europe. Power tubes with an initial 32 billion over time would increase to 63-64 billion cubic meters of gas, which would allow Russia to get rid of dependence on Ukrainian pipelines.

Europe certainly would strongly oppose the construction of “Turkish stream.” Brussels is afraid of expansion of Russia’s expansion into the European market. But Moscow is a powerful argument that the new pipe under the Black sea — not expansion. Build it, we can give up Ukraine’s gas transportation system, and to accuse us of absorption of the energy market Europe would be pointless.

Another serious issue, which will discuss Russia and Turkey, is tourism industry. The representatives of this industry I hope that the decision on the resumption of chartered flights to Turkey will be made before the meeting of Putin and Erdogan. By 9 August, the Russian experts should present the results of the verification of the security level in Turkey. In the list of objects that are called while the airports, but Dvorkovich also spoke about hotels and other places of mass congestions of tourists.

Our experts have already received an invitation to Turkey. It is known that Russia insists on re-screening of passengers and baggage before boarding the plane. Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov gave to understand that this is a necessary condition for the resumption of Charter flights.If the forces of Turkey to complete the task in a short time? On the one hand, there is the negative example of Egypt. Aeronautical authorities of Russia and Egypt which month are in talks about creating separate terminals or gates, are intended exclusively for Russian tourists, but the date of the opening direction is constantly pushed. But Turkey makes no sense to delay the resolution of this issue.

But, according to the press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Irina Tyurina, a stir among tourists in Turkey is not observed. Most go on vacation with the family, choose hotels not lower than “four”, often “the five”. With the flight tours get expensive. The cost of short (5 days) and most of the budgetary programs starts from 55 thousand rubles for two, stay in the hotel of level “four stars” will cost around 115 thousand rubles. The Charter needs to shed this amount of about 20-30%. After obtaining approval to start the Charter program will be able to fairly quickly, all endorsements will be enough weeks.

But save you season the emergence of Charter flights by the end of summer, when most compatriots have already decided on the place, is another question. The interest in Turkey very negatively affected the internal situation in the country. Even 11-17 July, the share of the Turkish resorts in the total number of user requests Yandex.Travel” reached 20%, and after the coup attempt fell to 2%.

According to the Vice-President of the Association of tour operators of Russia Dmitry Gorin, given the attitudes of tourists, restoration of Charter flights to the volume of a 2015 by far the ambulance will not. Yes, and the technical capabilities of the carriers do not allow you to transfer to Turkey a large fleet of aircraft. For the remaining month of summer, according to his estimates, actually send to Turkey Charter not more than 80 thousand tourists. Another 20 thousand people will be able to fly regular flights. At the moment from 11 cities of Russia in different cities of Turkey flies over hundreds of scheduled flights. In August, according to preliminary filings, the number will increase to 123 a week.

Relations between Russia and Turkey. Chronicle of events

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