Official opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Main Export Pipeline after Heydar Aliyev taken place on July 13 was in the center of attention of world press.
The ceremony was covered by about 400 journalists represented various influential Turkish and world mass media. The “Washington Times”, marking, that the BTC pipeline represents great value for power supply of the West, at the same time, regards it as the important step of Turkey in the direction of membership in the European Union.
The French newspaper “Figaro” emphasizes, that BTC has paramount strategic value in struggle for pipelines in the Central Asia. The article marks, that the East-West power corridor already has become a reality, and Armenia which is carrying out in this region a destructive policy, has stood aside of the given corridor.
The BBC TV mentions, that once the BTC project was for many a myth, and its realization is regarded as a historical victory of the heads of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, and also the USA. Alongside with economic value of the pipeline, the author also emphasizes its strategic importance.
The German newspaper “Frankfurter Rundhau” calls the ceremony of official opening of the BTC the “great opening of all times”. It characterizes transportation of the Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan crude oil to the world markets as big contribution to power safety of the Europe.
The French newspaper “Le Soir” names the BTC pipeline after Heydar Aliyev “a pearl necklace”, connecting Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, and marks its value for power safety of the Europe. The newspaper draws attention to that fact, that owing to transportation via the territory of Turkey of energy carriers of the Caspian region possessing one third of the volume stocks of oil in the world, Ankara gets an important strategic value.
The Turkish media in detail speaks on the undeniable role of the nationwide leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev in realization of the BTC project. The newspapers “Milliyyet”, “Sabah” emphasizes, that at ceremony of official opening the heads of the states and governments revered bright memory of Heydar Aliyev who was the initiator of the mentioned project - the “Silk Road of XXI Century”.
In the article of the minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Hilmi Guler “BTC becomes an example for new projects”, it is emphasized, that the pipeline is a subject of pride, represents great value from the point of view of progress of the countries of region.
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