Turkey’s President Erdoğan: Turkey Has Alternatives to Russian Oil, Gas

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his party members at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey,  Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. Erdogan said for the first time that Syria's president must step down over the country's brutal crackdown on dissent, ratcheting up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Bashar Assad. In his harshest words yet,  Ergodan reminded Assad of the bloody end of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as past dictators, including Adolf Hitler.(ddp images/AP Photo)The Turkish strongman said Russia had made “no sign” that the crisis would affect their energy partnership, but he implied that Ankara was seeking new suppliers.

Erdogan this week visited the Gulf country Qatar where he agreed a deal for LNG purchases, while his Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu travelled to energy-rich Azerbaijan.

Turkey depends on outside suppliers for 90.5 percent of its oil and 98.5 percent of its natural gas, the president said.

Addressing concerns over possible natural gas shortages, Erdogan said Turkey can also use its renewable energy resources.

Russia’s energy minister said Thursday that Moscow has suspended talks on their joint TurkStream project to pipe gas to Turkey and southern Europe.

Erdogan dismissed the remark as a “lie”, saying that in fact Turkey had suspended the project and long before the plane incident — because of Russia’s “non-compliance with our demands”.