- Turkey sees the EU Southern Gas Corridor project as a priority
- Moscow wants to undermine the initiative with its own pipelines through Turkey
- The dilemma pits Turkey’s energy security and foreign policy objectives against each other
Until recently, Turkey has tended to prioritize its energy interests over foreign policy objectives. This no longer appears to be the case, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s domestic agenda increasingly overshadows other priorities. The change threatens Turkey’s long-term interests, both in terms of energy security and foreign policy.
Cooperation between Turkey and Russia on energy has increased in recent years. If this partnership grows closer, it could undermine the European Union’s Southern Gas Corridor project. Such a development would also threaten Turkey’s own energy security, and jeopardize economic and geopolitical interests that it shares with Azerbaijan.