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Having refused to countenace any involvement with the Shell development of the T ...

Having refused to countenace any involvement with the Shell development of the TransCaspian pipeline for some considerable time, Turkmen President Niyazov has changed his mind and now wants the project to go ahead, according to the United Financial Group’s Russia Morning Comment. ‘His concerns now centre on whether - because it competes with Blue Stream - Russia will refuse to buy Turkmenistan’s gas as a penalty on the Central Asian country,’ comments UFG. ‘The pipeline has essentially become a sideshow since Gazprom’s Blue Stream will be completed ahead of it and the Russia gas company will secure the baseload gas demand in Turkey.’

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