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