Erdogan said as Turkey and Germany fought for the right to buy gas from Russia

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in Photobacterium Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Archival photoErdogan said as Turkey and Germany fought for the right to buy gas from Russia© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the right to buy gas from Russia in a dispute with his American counterpart Donald trump.

The leaders spoke on July 11-12 at the NATO summit in Brussels.

«Trump told the participants: «You all feed Russia, Germany gives her a lot of money.» About Turkey he said out of politeness. But I broke down and said that we share 50% of our natural gas from Russia, and if we are not going to buy it, our citizens will freeze in the winter. Then the conversation took German Chancellor Merkel who said that Germany gets 38% of the gas and it also does not allow her people froze,» — said Erdogan to the journalists aboard the plane on the way to Germany. It is quoted by TV channel A Haber.

According to the President, the U.S. continues sanctions policy, imposing it to other countries, while it is impossible to establish a just world order on the principle «the one who is stronger».

Erdogan stressed that his country will not join the US sanctions imposed unilaterally.

«Laughter (at the session of the UN General Assembly. — Approx. ed.), when trump talked about the economic situation, openly displays the opinions of the participants,» he added.
The energy policy of the United States

Energy supplies around the world is one of the most important points in the agenda of the us administration. In mid-July, the head of the EC Jean-Claude Juncker, after consultation with the trump said that the EU is ready to invest in the construction of new terminals for receiving liquefied natural gas under the condition of competitive price.

Using LNG Washington seeks to oust Russia — leader of the energy supplies to the European market. In the American administration claim that following only good purpose is to diversify the EU market and not to allow Moscow to use energy supplies «as a way to pressure on the European partners».

Washington also opposes the construction of the pipeline «Nord stream — 2», claiming that it will make Europe «dependent on Russian energy supplies.»