August 19, 2015 / 7:41 AM / 3 years ago

Weak lira adds 11 bln lira burden to Turkish natural gas bill

ANKARA, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The weakness of the Turkish lira has placed an extra 11 billion lira ($3.82 billion) burden on Turkey’s natural gas bill since the beginning of the year, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday.

Speaking to journalists in Ankara, Yildiz said there had been an 8 percent drop in Russian gas sales to Turkey in the last 5-6 months, without giving further details. He also stated he had sent a draft inter-governmental agreement to Russia on the proposed Turkish Stream project, and was awaiting a response.

$1 = 2.8830 liras Reporting by Gulsen Solaker, writing by Jonny Hogg; Editing by Ece Toksabay

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