Like other NATO members, Ankara has not followed the path of Western sanctions against Russia. It also did not stop buying fuel from Russia. In addition, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that in the meeting between Putin and Erdogan, Turkey agreed to buy natural gas from Russia in rubles. According to a Bloomberg report, within the sanctions, Russia’s state-owned nuclear power company Ross Atom recently provided $5 billion in subsidies for a $2 billion nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey’s Mersin province. By 2023, this power plant will produce 10 percent of Turkey’s total electricity generation.
Ankara is by far one of the most important allies of the United States in the Middle East. Still, Turkey will show considerable independence in foreign policy. At the same time, a realistic alliance with Russia will also be maintained. Turkey’s position inevitably leaves Moscow as a regional player in the region, at least in the short term. But in the long run, the Kremlin will become Turkey’s subordinate partner geopolitically in the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Black Sea region.
Taken from Asia Times, translated from English Manoj Dey
● Nikola Mikovich Serbian analyst on the foreign policy of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine