Turkey’s Erdogan Warns Russia on Energy Ties

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (Source: AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to the media before a meeting  at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussel (Source: AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to the media before a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussel (Source: AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

ANKARA (REUTERS)—Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, angered by Russian incursions into Turkish air space, has warned Russia there are other places Turkey could get natural gas and other countries that could build its first nuclear plant, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“We can’t accept the current situation. Russia’s explanations on the air space violations are not convincing,” the Turkish daily Sabah and other media quoted Erdogan as telling reporters as he flew to Japan for an official visit.

Russia is Turkey’s largest natural gas supplier, with Ankara buying 28-30 billion cubic meters (bcm) of its 50 bcm of natural gas needs annually from Russia. Other major suppliers are Iran and Azerbaijan, with a small amount planned from Turkmenistan.

Turkey commissioned Russia’s state-owned Rosatom in 2013 to build four 1,200-megawatt reactors in a project worth $20 billion, although a start date for what will be Turkey’s first nuclear power plant has not yet been set.

Erdogan said he was resentful over the Russian intervention in Syria, which Turkey sees as its own backyard, but did not currently plan to speak to President Vladimir Putin.

“These are matters for Russia to think about. If the Russians don’t build the Akkuyu (nuclear plant) another will come and build it,” he was quoted as saying.

“We are Russia’s number one natural gas consumer. Losing Turkey would be a serious loss for Russia. If necessary, Turkey can get its natural gas from many different places.”


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  1. Harutuyn said:

    azerbejan forget it because things don’t look good for the azeris war will brake out and they will loose more land that it was never theirs to begin with.

    Iran well right now Iran suporting Assad so look like you are SOL so best thing for a disillusional fool like your self is sit back and enjoy what you stole.

  2. Norin said:

    If Turkey could in fact get its need met elsewhere it would have done it by now. Fact is Russia provides unbeatable prices and secure delivery guarantees. Let me see goat licker Erdogan get that elsewhere, if Turks don’t get rid of their little dictator soon, they may face some cold winters in the near future. Don’t write checks your body can’t cash Mr. Erdogan, you are in no position to dictate to the Russians on such matters little man.

  3. Marshall said:

    If Russia is smart he will bomb Turkey as well because that is where are the Isis fighter are entering from!

  4. antranig said:

    turkey should understand that RUSSIA IS PROTECTING IT’S NATIONAL INTEREST in SYRIA., turkey has been interfering in SYRIA for more than four years!!!! TRYING TO OVERTHROW ASSAD.

  5. Raffi said:

    Turkey’s Erdogan Warns Russia? poor Erdogan he has lost his mind, Azrbaijan’s Aliyev and him make good partners.