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Turkish PM Davutoglu Hopes to Keep Gas, Akkuyu NPP Contracts With Russia

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The Turkish prime minister expressed hopes that Russia would fulfill its gas obligations and would not halt the Akkuyu NPP construction.

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ANKARA (Sputnik) — There are currently no problems with Russian gas deliveries to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday.

"There are no problems at this time with gas deliveries from Russia. There are mutual interests and commitments. We hope Russia will fulfill all its obligations under the existing agreements. Russia is a major gas supplier and it would have to think twice before making such decisions," Davutoglu told Turkey's A Haber television.

There are also no reasons to halt the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project despite recent tensions between the two countries, the minister said.

Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated following the downing of a Russian Su-24 aircraft by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria, on November 24.

Following the incident, Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey. Russia also suspended a number of strategic bilateral projects, in particular, negotiations on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project.

Russian gas currently accounts for about 50 percent of Turkey's total gas imports. Following the incident, Turkey revived talks with Azerbaijan and Qatar on energy cooperation.

Last week, a source familiar with the situation told RIA Novosti that Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, a joint Turkish-Russian project set up to construct the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey, continues to operate despite tensions between the two countries.

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