Erdogan: Turkey might reconsider purchases of Russian gas


Turkey might reconsider purchasing of Russian gas due to the worsening of relations with Russia because of the air incidents with Russian aircrafts, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Russia needs to be sensitive to these matters. We are the number one buyer of natural gas from Russia. Loss of Turkey will be a serious loss for Russia. If necessary, Turkey may buy natural gas in different places”, – said Erdogan to reporters while heading to visit Japan.

He noted that Turkey might also reconsider construction of the nuclear power plant “Akkuyu” by the Russian project.

“If Russians do not build the nuclear power plant “Akkuyu” then someone else will come and build it”, – said Erdogan, quoted by the Turkish television channel NTV.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Monday, October 3, that a Russian Su-30 briefly, for a few seconds, entered the Turkish airspace. The Defense Ministry said that the incident was the result of unfavorable weather conditions.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier that the incident will not cause tension in relations between the two countries. According to him, Moscow has informed Ankara that the incident with Russian military aircraft violating Turkish airspace happened by mistake and assured that such incidents will not happen again.



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