Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he does not think the “provocative” policies adopted by the West against Russia were correct after the European Union and Group of Seven (G7) nations proposed a price cap on Russian gas.
According to Press TV, the Turkish leader made the comments at a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart in Belgrade, two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to halt all supplies if the EU went ahead with such a step, raising the risk of rationing in the Western countries this winter.
“No need to list the names but I can clearly say that I do not find the stance that the West is adopting is correct. Because there is a West that is leading a policy based on provocation, it will not be possible to achieve a result there,” said Erdogan.
He said other countries should not underestimate Russia against the backdrop of a proposal by the European Union and G7 for a price cap on Russian gas.
Since Russia began a “special military operation” in neighboring Ukraine on February 24, the United States and its European allies have imposed waves of sanctions against Moscow, warning other countries against doing business with Russia’s sanctioned companies and individuals.
Turkey, despite being a NATO member, maintains good relations with Russia even after the onset of the operation. This has angered the US, which is becoming alarmed that Moscow and Russian businesses are allegedly using Turkey to evade Western financial and trading restrictions against the Kremlin.
Last month, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (Tusiad), Turkey’s leading business association, said it had received a letter from US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo, warning of possible sanctions risks if firms continue doing business with banned Russian entities and individuals.