Once parts of the same country driven by communist agenda, Ukraine and Azerbaijan could make a good couple for a full-scale gas relationship. Gas-rich Azerbaijan seems to be an attractive blue fuel partner for gas-hungry Ukraine.
Azeri gas may heat up Ukrainian households and drive local industry at earliest in 2025, admits Ilham Shaban, head of Baku-based Center for Oil Research.
There are two technical routes to transport Azeri gas to Ukraine – through Russia or Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, says Shaban.
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