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Turkey-Russia frictions, energy geopolitics,
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TPQ has released a new blog post by Ambassador Ünal Çeviköz: Testing Times in Turkey’s Relations with Russia


In his blog post, Ambassador Çeviköz takes up Russia’s recent military buildup in Syria and the implications thereof for Turkey-Russia relations. While the two countries have always been on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict, Russia’s intervention in the civil war – which has helped strengthen Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against both ISIL and opposition forces – has widened the divide between Turkey and Russia and threatened to impact important areas of bilateral cooperation, such as energy.

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu have emphasized that ‘Turkish airspace is NATO airspace’ and that NATO would stand by Turkey if Russia continued its incursions into Turkish airspace.”

“In addition to natural gas, Turkey also imports oil from Russia and around 65 percent of Turkey’s energy needs – through imports of hydrocarbon resources – are met by Russia. Turkish-Russian energy links have been based on strong infrastructure and Turkey is not very likely to diversify its supplies in the short run.”

TPQ has become a media partner for The Black Sea Oil & Gas Summit 2015

Media Partner

Running for its second edition, on 11-12th November in Istanbul, The Black Sea Oil & Gas Summit is a meeting place for Black Sea Stakeholders and their partners to form partnerships and discuss how to exploit reserves in the Black Sea. As the Turkish government has made steps to develop the region with new favourable royalty systems to attract the private sector, Turkey is the ideal location to unite all key regional stakeholders to discuss how to develop the region. With innovative and interactive formats, our solutions focused agenda promotes discussion and collaboration between the industry’s stakeholders and their partners.

The video recording of TPQ’s sixth annual energy geopolitics roundtable is now available!


On 14 October 2015, TPQ hosted the roundtable titled “Regional Natural Gas Game-Changers: Securing Supplies amid Volatility.” The discussion revolved around Southern Gas Corridor dynamics and the politics of energy diversification. We assessed potential game-changers – including the proposed Turkish Stream project, prospects for US LNG exports to Europe, the discovery of the Zohr natural gas field off the Egyptian coast – and their wider implications for the regional energy landscape. We also explored the extent to which increasing volatility in Turkey and its neighborhood is impacting markets and cooperation between energy partners. The event was made possible with the support of BP Turkey.

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