The article came after recent talks between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which were aimed at reducing risks related to the halt in Russian gas supplies to Turkey. Turkish media reassuringly referred to the top-level talks as "preemptive measures".
Some Turkish media outlets noted the agreement between Turkey's state-owned Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) and the Qatari national petrol company, saying that Turkey has found an alternative to Russian gas.
Okumus, however, poured cold water on these media speculations.
"This argument is unrealistic because Turkey does not today have the infrastructure necessary for the gasification and storage of the quantity of LNG equivalent to what is imported annually from Russia — i.e., 27 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year," Okumus said.
She explained that "Turkey cannot realistically replace" Russia's gas supplies with LNG imports from Qatar "with its existing infrastructure for gasification and LNG storage."
She drew attention to the fact that Turkey's annual imports from Russia currently stand at more than 50 percent of its demand.
"According to the International Energy Agency's analysis, Turkey's annual LNG regasification capacity does not exceed 14 bcm and its LNG storage capacity is limited to approximately 3 bcm," she explained.
Turkey depends on Russia for gas, employment etc.They forgot that and fired the plane. Now they think NATO will protect them. Big mistake— The Pe@cock (@WoleOdeleye) 29 ноября 2015
Also, Okumus said that despite previous agreements between BOTAS and Qatar Petroleum, Qatar's gas has "never constituted a substantial part of the Turkish LNG imports."
"Among other reasons, the price of Qatari LNG is not competitive with the price of gas supplied via the pipeline from Russia," she pointed out.
She concluded by saying that about 27.4 bcm of natural gas were imported by Turkey from Russia last year, which is the equivalent of at least 56 percent of Turkey's total consumption.
President Vladimir Putin described the downing of the Russian warplane conducting an air operation against Islamist terrorists as a "stab in the back" and decreed a series of economic restrictions against Turkey.