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Putin’s 'gas hub’ plan aims to bolster Erdogan's image

Erdogan has accepted Putin’s offer to create a “gas hub” in northwest Turkey. But what is a gas hub? Is it workable? If realized, what impact would it have?
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to set up a “gas hub” in northern Turkey grabbed headlines following his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the offer, which has been under discussion for over a decade, amounts to little more than window dressing.

Exports of Russian gas to Europe have dropped to a fraction of normal levels, and with Moscow warning, or more accurately threatening, further cuts, much of Europe is facing the likelihood of widespread gas and power cuts.

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