ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.
Putin met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid striking differences over the crises in Syria and Ukraine, but the leaders focused instead on their countries’ booming economic and trade ties.
Russia remains Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s closest ally, while Turkey supports Syria’s opposition forces.
Putin was welcomed at Erdogan’s new mega-palace, which has drawn the ire of Turkish opposition parties, environmentalists and activists who say the 1,000-room complex is too …read more
Source: San Francisco Chronicle