Erdogan: Europe will have serious problems

RT Erdogan maintains a good working relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, working together to remain neutral in the conflict and providing Ukraine Turkish weapons and combat drones.

Before leaving for a trip to three Balkan countries, he told reporters that European countries are “reaping what they sow” by imposing economic restrictions on Russia.

“Europe’s attitude towards Mr. Putin, its sanctions led Mr. Putin, whether he wants it or not, to the point where he said: ‘If you do this, I will do this,'” Erdogan told RT. – He uses all his tools and weapons. Natural gas, unfortunately, is one of them.”

RT Erdogan’s comments echo the Kremlin’s words this week.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday blamed “sanctions that were imposed on our country” for the suspension of Russian gas supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline.

Last year, Turkey bought almost half of its natural gas from Russia.

During the meeting of RT Erdogan and V. Putin in Sochi a month ago, Turkey committed to gradually switch to paying in rubles for gas imported from Russia.

Analysts believe that the agreement will ensure that Russia will continue to supply Turkey with gas through the TurkStream gas pipeline, which runs under the Black Sea.

RT Erdogan said he does not foresee Turkey running out of energy this year. “I think Europe will have serious problems this winter,” he said. “We don’t have such a situation.”

A spike in global energy prices caused by Russian supply disruptions fueled an economic crisis in Turkey, sending annual inflation soaring to 80 percent and the lira plummeting.

The Kremlin said on Monday that the supply of gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline has stopped due to Western sanctions against Russia, which allegedly hinder maintenance work on the pipeline.

“Problems related to (gas) supply were caused by the sanctions imposed on our country,” D. Peskov told reporters. – These sanctions do not allow the repair of certain parts, do not allow them to be transported without appropriate legal guarantees… it is precisely these Western sanctions that led to the current situation.”

According to D. Peskov, the Kremlin “rejects” Western attempts to shift the blame for the gas supply pause to Moscow.

Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Friday that it is suspending gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline indefinitely.

The company claimed that it discovered an oil leak in a gas turbine at the Portovaya compressor station during maintenance work that was originally supposed to last three days, and as a result it is now forced to shut down the supply until repairs are carried out.

As the West began to impose sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow began to restrict gas supplies to Europe. As a result, energy prices have skyrocketed across the continent.

The Kremlin claims that it is precisely because of the punitive measures announced by the West that one Nord Stream 1 turbine, which was repaired in Canada, has not been returned to Russia for some time. The item is currently in Germany, but Berlin says Moscow itself is blocking its recovery.

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