Angered by Air Strikes, Turkey's Erdogan Warns Russia on Energy Ties

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."

There was no immediate reaction to his comments from Moscow.


The inflexible nature of gas infrastructure means shifting from one supplier to another is not straightforward. Turkey imports Russian gas primarily through two pipelines, one passing through the northwestern region of Thrace, the other entering Turkey from under the Black Sea.

"Erdogan's statements on gas are not realistic at all. Turkey is dependent on Russia in the short and medium terms," said one private-sector gas official.


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