08MOSCOW547, RUSSIA AND TURKEY ENERGY COOPERATION: “NOTHING

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08MOSCOW547 2008-02-28 12:14 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO9683
PP RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHMO #0547 0591214
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 281214Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6854
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 000547 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/RUS, FOR EEB/ESC/IEC GALLOGLY AND WRIGHT 
EUR/CARC, SCA (GALLAGHER, SUMAR) 
DOE FOR HARBERT, HEGBORG, EKIMOFF 
DOC FOR 4231/IEP/EUR/JBROUGHER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/04/2018 
TAGS: EPET ENRG ECON PREL RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA AND TURKEY ENERGY COOPERATION: "NOTHING 
NEW" 
 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns for Reasons 1.4 (b/d) 
 
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SUMMARY 
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1. (C) The Turkish Embassy told us February 22nd that while 
Russia is interested in expanding gas supplies to and through 
Turkey, as well as participating more broadly in Turkey's 
energy sector, there were no breakthroughs on energy 
cooperation as a result of Turkish Foreign Minister Babacan's 
February 19-20 visit to Moscow.  The Russian MFA reported the 
same view to us on February 26th.  End summary. 
 
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"NOTHING NEW" 
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2. (C) Turkish Embassy First Secretary Ahmet Tuta told us 
February 22nd that the February 19-20 visit of Turkish FM 
Babacan to Moscow resulted in "nothing new" on the energy 
front, despite various press headlines to the contrary.  He 
said the visit was merely to reciprocate Russian FM Lavrov's 
2006 visit to Turkey and to "follow up" on Putin's 2004 trip 
that resulted in an MOU between Gazprom and Turkey's BOTAS. 
Tuta explained that there have been and continue to be 
"ongoing negotiations" on expanding Russian gas exports to 
and through Turkey, but no breakthroughs have been reached 
recently.  Tuta said Babacan's visit also included general 
discussions on Russian interest in buying into refineries and 
gas stations in Turkey, as well as on the proposed 
Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline.  He added, however, that the 
Russian side seemed more interested in pursuing the 
Burgas-Alexandropoulis pipeline (BAP) than in Samsun-Ceyhan. 
 
3. (C) Tuta said Russia is also interested in helping Turkey 
to develop nuclear power plants and would like to finalize an 
agreement on nuclear cooperation.  Turkey is still mulling 
its options with regard to nuclear cooperation, including the 
proposed participation of U.S., Canadian, and French 
companies that are interested in doing business in Turkey. 
 
4. (C) Russian MFA Southeast Europe section head Andrey 
Buravov echoed Tuta, telling us February 26th that the visit 
was largely to reciprocate for Lavrov's visit to Turkey.  He 
said the visit was aimed at "strengthening political and 
economic ties," but could not point to any concrete results 
from the meetings.  Buravov simply noted the importance of 
the economic relationship, emphasizing relevant statistics -- 
two-way trade of between $22 and $28 billion (depending on 
whose statistics are used), total accumulated two-way FDI of 
$10 billion, and 2.5 million Russian visits to Turkey last 
year. 
BURNS

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