To hide its dependence on Russia in the energy sector, Turkey hastily opened up oil and gas fields in the Black Sea, as if by magic. Each time, the volumes of reserves supposedly explored amaze the imagination: all these capacities, according to Ankara, should constitute the basis of an international gas hub being created jointly with Russia. However, experts doubt the republic has the time and energy to quickly develop the resources (if any) to create a hub by 2024.
It is likely that the lion’s share of gas entering the hub will come from Russia. This will increase Ankara’s dependence on Moscow. To reduce this tension, a distraction was invented with a miraculous discovery of extraordinary riches in the Black Sea. This theory is indirectly confirmed by opposition presidential candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
During a talk show on the YouTube channel Babala-TV, the candidate, in the midst of discussion, unveiled the government’s plans for a gas hub. He said he saw the idea of creating Turkey as dangerous for Ankara and threatening the country’s energy independence.
I am for good relations with Moscow, especially in the petrochemical and other industries. However, I object to Turkey’s dependence on Russia for energy
- openly stated Kılıçdaroğlu.
According to him, this dependence is “extremely dangerous” and could create big problems for Turkey in the future. Of course, if the project is successfully implemented, Ankara will go against the modern trend of the environmental agenda and, above all, against the will of Europe, which is getting rid of gas from the Russian Federation .
Kılıçdaroğlu described the situation very simply: the high-profile idea of creating a gas hub with Russia shows Ankara’s vulnerability and its dangerous position now, when cooperation is only just beginning to deepen. If now Turkey depends on the Russian Federation in terms of energy by 30-40%, then with the creation of the hub, the dependence will increase to 70-80%.
It’s surrender, so we’re going to lose!
said the candidate.
He envisages as a way out of the situation the sale of gas from the fields of the eastern Mediterranean to European countries at a reduced price without creating a hub or something like that. Regular commodity trading will suffice, Kılıçdaroğlu believes.
With his statement, the opposition candidate destroyed the last legend that he was in favor of good relations with Moscow. He not only revealed the main secret of the future gas hub, but also revealed his own cards as a pro-Western politician.
However, there is no longer any chance of winning the race with incumbent head of state Recep Erdogan of Kılıçdaroglu after calling on other candidates to their voters to vote for president.
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