RT Erdogan said he understood Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to suspend gas supplies to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. “In my opinion, the policy of the West, without mentioning specific names, is not correct, because it is based on provocations,” asserted RT Erdogan. According to him, “as long as there is a corresponding war of provocations, it will not be possible to achieve the desired results.”
In the course of the current Russian war in Ukraine, Turkey is trying to remain neutral. Although RT Erdogan maintains good working relations with Putin, at the same time Ankara supplies arms to Ukraine.
RT Erdogan has tried to use his close ties with Moscow and Kyiv to arrange direct talks between the presidents of these countries.
“While maintaining relations with Ukraine and Russia, Turkey has always followed a balance policy. We will continue this policy in the near future,” RT Erdogan said.
Despite everything, Turkey has not joined Western sanctions against Russia, and Ankara signed a new economic cooperation agreement with Moscow earlier this month.
On Tuesday, the Turkish president blamed the European energy crisis on the sanctions imposed on Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine – the same opinion is held by the Kremlin.
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.
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