Türkiye, Russia set to diversify cooperation

World News - Russia and Türkiye, whose bilateral trade has already reached $22-25 billion, are seeking to establish a comprehensive partnership, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Turkish media. Russian gas supplies to Türkiye exceeded 23 billion cubic meters in 2007, including 9 billion cubic meters transported through the Blue Stream gas pipeline under the Black Sea. Commenting on energy security in Europe, Lavrov said: "We are seeking to diversify energy exports, but favor proposing the economy, not politics or ideology as motives for diversification."