Turkish gas imports in 2016

Turkey’s energy foreign policy at a crossroads

  • 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.

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Turkey has become increasingly important as a hub for gas deliveries to Europe
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What's inside
  • 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
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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