Putin advances ‘energy diplomacy’ with Turkey as gas prices surge

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak as Erdogan leaves after their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart Erdogan for talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday. It was the first in-person meeting for Putin in over two weeks. On Sept. 14, the Russian president went into self-isolation after a staff member he worked in close contact with contracted coronavirus.(Turkish Presidency Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak as Erdogan leaves after their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. (Turkish Presidency Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 10:50 AM PT – Thursday, September 30, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin is advancing his “energy diplomacy” into Turkey as natural gas prices are hitting their new record highs. He hosted his Turkish counterpart, Tayyip Erdogan, in the city of Sochi in Southern Russia on Wednesday to discuss the matters.

Putin asserted the TurkStream pipeline will ensure the energy security of Turkey.

“The gas pipeline to Turkey and a transit one to southern European countries was fully launched and it’s working,” he stated.

The pair also discussed the Syrian conflict in which Russia and Turkey support opposing sides. Putin highlighted “constructive cooperation” despite mutual differences.

“It’s not easy sometimes to hold negotiations, but it has always a positive final result,” said the Russian president. “Our diplomats learned to find compromises profitable for two sides.”

Putin also said Russia’s relations with Turkey are developing positively amid ongoing tensions between Ankara and NATO allies.

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