President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated Türkiye’s ambitions to become one of the most important energy hubs in the world by linking the country to the energy markets in Europe for the transportation of Russian natural gas, after he met Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi on September 4, APA reports citing the Hurriyet newspaper.
“We raise the [cooperation in the] energy sector under different chapters. We will realize different projects for supplying energy products to Europe and the world through our country. By the establishment of the natural gas center in Türkiye, progress will be made in both energy supply and pricing,” Erdogan told reporters on his return from Sochi to Türkiye.
Erdogan and Putin held face-to-face meeting and chaired their delegations in Sochi and discussed all bilateral and regional issues in detail. Erdogan described Türkiye’s cooperation with Russia in the energy field as strategic.
“We have already said that we will make our county an energy hub. We are working on the infrastructure for this. We will turn our county into an important natural gas center thanks to our investments in the recent years,” he said.
At a press conference on Sept. 4, Putin stated that the Russian Gazprom and the Turkish BOTAŞ companies are working on a roadmap for the realization of the energy hub on Türkiye soil.
Erdogan said Türkiye’s aspirations include being a global gas hub rather than a regional one, stressing their commitment to pursuing energy cooperation with Russia to this end based on the principle of win-win.