Ukraine’s bypass plan

Ukraine is looking to bring in LNG through the Turkish straits and Black Sea in a bid to avoid Russian pressure over gas imports.

Companies from Ukraine are in talks with Turkish counterparts about potential routes, the country’s ambassador to Turkey Sergiy Korsunsky told the Hurriyet daily.

He said sources of gas had to be diversified after the crisis in the east of the country involving pro-Russian separatists.

"If you look at the map, the only viable way to do it is through the Black Sea,” he added.

"Is it that dangerous? Is it that problematic to organise this? We understand the concern because we were speaking unofficially to government officials, and we were told about serious concerns about possible accidents.”