Turkey could offer the Republic of Moldova a new gas route

Turkey could provide the alternative gas supply route for the Republic of Moldova. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicu Popescu, met in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart and discussed the expansion of commercial cooperation, especially our country's access to natural gas transport networks in the region. The Turkish authorities are cooperating with the Azerbaijani authorities to cover the gas demand.

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"On a sectoral level, we discussed and from our perspective, we are interested in strengthening cooperation in the field of energy, transit or gas purchases. We obviously also want to ensure the Republic of Moldova's access to the natural gas transport networks at the regional level, and obviously Turkey plays a very important role in this field", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicu Popescu.

Turkey is an important energy node that ensures the transit of natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.

"In the context of war, food and energy security is the global priority. So, we must also cooperate in the energy sector. There is demand in the region for natural gas, in Romania, the Republic of Moldova and in Bulgaria. Together with Azerbaijan, we are working to meet this request and find solutions," said Ankara's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The next high-level strategic cooperation council will take place in Chisinau. Minister Popescu presented his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, with a high-waisted shirt, recently included in the UNESCO heritage as a common identity element in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

"Thank you for the warm welcome, we are waiting for you in Chisinau, and I look forward to seeing you on other international platforms," ​​said the Moldovan Foreign Minister.

Turkey is one of the main trading partners with a share of approximately 10 percent of Moldovan exports. Ministers Popescu and Cavusoglu agreed to extend the Moldovan-Turkish free trade agreement in the sphere of services.

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