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Turkey says approaching gas deal with Azerbaijan

Ankara is nearing a deal with Baku on gas transit through Turkey to Europe, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

The minister said much progress had been made since Azerbaijan said it might explore alternative routes.

Failure to agree terms for Azerbaijan's gas to cross Turkey could pose problems supplying the planned Nabucco pipeline, backed by the European Union, which aims to reduce Europe's reliance on gas imports from or via Russia.

Yildiz also said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday that Turkey supported a seventh partner in the Nabucco pipeline project and that France's GDF Suez was a good candidate. Turkey had previously opposed French involvement.

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