“We want to increase our gas purchases from the United States in a very positive way,” Erdogan said Wednesday evening in New York, attending the United Nations General Assembly. “We are ready to cooperate in delivering American LNG to regional countries.”
Turkey and the United States have been seeking ways to mend ties strained by a series of disputes in recent years, including Ankara’s purchase of an advanced Russian anti-missile defense system. Erdogan is now hinting at the possibility of expanding energy ties, but Turkey has limited capacity to re-export gas to Europe, Bloomberg writes.
Turkey is a transit country for Azerbaijan gas transit. In addition, Ankara pumps gas it buys from various sources, including Russia, Algeria and the United States, to Greece and Bulgaria through separate pipelines.
In the first quarter of 2022, the US became the largest supplier of LNG to Turkey. Turkey imports about 60 billion cubic meters annually. Natural gas.
Erdogan also called on Washington to remove additional tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imposed by the Trump administration and lift sanctions on arms sales.
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