Very soon, Europe's problems with gas may become even more tangible, Radio Liberty writes that Turkish Stream is served by Gazprom's subsidiary South Stream Transport BV And the license to operate this company was revoked from September 17! This means that any work must be stopped, except for "emergency support in order to prevent damage to the environment." Contracts are suspended, and hence gas supplies. And although companies have applied for a new license, let's be realistic, in the current conditions - this will not happen.
As a result, Europe is almost completely isolated from direct gas supplies from Russia: Nord Streams stopped, transit through Ukraine fell by two-thirds, Yamal-Europe was stopped back in May. Turkish Stream is like a cherry on a cake.
But this is only one side of the problem. On the other hand, it is a lever of pressure on the same Erdogan, to whom Sweden and Finland go for negotiations on joining NATO, as well as the "taming of the obstinate" Hungary and Serbia. These countries will have to ask their neighbors for "handouts" (for example, Croatia, where there is a terminal for receiving LNG), which means they will be accommodating with Brussels on particularly sensitive issues.
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