Putin on the ruble. God permitting, our ruble exchanges will bring benefits to Turkey and Russia”,”text”:”A positive aspect of our visit to Sochi is our agreement with Mr. Putin on the rouble. God permitting, our ruble trade will ensure benefits for Turkey and Russia”}}”>A positive aspect of our visit to Sochi is our agreement with Mr. Putin on the rouble. God willing, our ruble exchanges will bring benefits to Turkey and Russiathe Turkish head of state told reporters on board his plane returning from Sochi, Russia, on the shores of the Black Sea, where he met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.
The two presidents have agreed that deliveries of Russian gas to Turkey will be
partially paid in rublesRussian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak announced on Friday evening.
Mr. Erdogan did not specify the volume of future transactions in rubles.
Russia has been seeking for months to impose its currency in international settlements against the euro and the dollar, amid unprecedented Western economic sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
While swiftly condemning the Russian offensive, Turkey opted for neutrality between the two countries and did not join Western sanctions against Moscow.
In 2021, Russia accounted for around a quarter of Turkey’s oil imports and 45% of its natural gas purchases.
Paying for Russian gas, even partially, in rubles could prevent Turkey from further depleting its currency reserves in dollars.
Economists say the Turkish government spent tens of billions of dollars last year trying to stop the collapse of the Turkish lira, which has lost nearly half its value in a year.
MM. Erdogan and Putin also pledged in Sochi to strengthen energy and economic cooperation.