Turkey Should Try to Become an Energy Center, Not a Natural Gas Transition Road!

Turkey Should Try to Become an Energy Center, Not a Natural Gas Transition Road!
Turkey Should Try to Become an Energy Center, Not a Natural Gas Transition Road!

Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Head of the English Department of Political Science and International Relations Prof. Dr. Havva Kök Arslan made evaluations about the possibility of natural gas cuts, which came to the agenda due to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

The hot war, which started with Russia's attempt to invade Ukraine, also created gas concerns in European countries. Stating that in Europe, especially Germany is dependent on Russian natural gas, Prof. Dr. Havva Kök Arslan stated that even during the Cold War during the Soviet Union, Russia did not cut off the natural gas, and that she would not see a need to cut it due to the ongoing war. prof. Dr. Havva Kök Arslan said she trusts Turkey, which is a NATO member, in case of a possible gas cut in Europe and said, “Turkey should try to become an energy center, not a transit route for natural gas. We can deliver gas to Europe in the safest and shortest way.” said.

Russia won't cut off gas

Prof. Stating that talking about natural gas in a war environment would be a bit like 'the problem of sheep is the problem of butcher's meat', but it is still necessary to talk about it. Dr. Havva Kök Arslan said, “Russia will not cut off natural gas. Why doesn't it cut it? Because it didn't cut it during the Soviet Union, even during the cold war. In fact, the natural gas sold to Europe does not have a significant share in Russia's trade with Europe, in Russia's economy and budget. We're talking about a 6.5 percent share. If he cut it off, there would be no harm in its own economy, but Europe is very dependent on Russian natural gas. We can say that Germany in particular is very dependent.” said.

NATO member Turkey gives confidence to Europe

Pointing out that Europe, not Russia, will try to go for an alternative supply method, Prof. Dr. Havva Kök Arslan said, “The most reliable way here is Turkey, which is also a NATO member. When we look at Turkey, we have a close proximity to natural gas in the Caspian region, Mediterranean natural gas, and a rich Black Sea gas that we plan to extract. Therefore, Turkey seems to be an alternative cheap and safe natural gas route. But we need to be trying to be an energy center, not a gateway for natural gas. We need to be an effective country in creating energy prices.” used the expressions.

Turkey can deliver gas in the safest and shortest way

Reminding that the gases in the Caspian are Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan gas, Prof. Dr. Havva Kök Arslan said, “Azerbaijan gas has already been going to Europe for a year for the TANAP project. There is Israeli gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, there is Iranian gas. We had built the pipeline for a very long time. We have created a very visionary project there. It was launched in 2001-2002. We can deliver gas to Europe in the safest and shortest way. In the meantime, we need to make very serious investments in other issues in order for us to become an energy center.” said.

Environmental pollution could cause the end of the world

prof. Dr. Havva Kök Arslan said that while the war was going on, the world was slipping away from us, and concluded her words as follows:

“In 2050, we can really go as far as the destruction of the world due to environmental pollution. We may run into serious agricultural difficulties. We need to make very serious investments in renewable energy security, green transformation projects and natural gas. Turkey is about to make a serious breakthrough. It will be an important resource for the peace of both us and the region. Because Turkey has been following a really balanced and responsible policy until now. I think that will be the case from now on.”

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