The visit of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to Turkey on 10 October signals a return to the instrumental partnership.
The crisis in EU-Russia relations over Ukraine has made the two players interested in the Southern Gas Corridor once again.
The construction of the second branch of the Baku–Tbilisi–Erzurum gas pipeline began on 20 September in Baku.
Western firms are withdrawing from projects linked to the Southern Corridor probably due to the declining commercial attractiveness of these projects.
The Southern Gas Corridor is a European Commission initiative with the aim of facilitating the diversification of the routes and sources of gas imported into Europe in the hope of reducing the EU’s dependence on Russia. Although the Southern Gas Corridor – alongside the EU’s flagship Nabucco project, which constitutes a part of the Corridor – was originally conceived as a means of furthering the interests of the West (officially the EU but in practice also the US), the implementation of the project has become possible almost exclusively thanks to measures taken by Azerbaijan and Turkey.