The State Department has expressed its opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's announcement yesterday of a gas hub in collaboration with Russia.
According to U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesman Vedad Patel, as the U.S, "We urge our allies to diversify their energy sources and reduce their reliance on Russia. In the case of Turkey, we are collaborating closely with it to support its own efforts to improve long-term energy security".
Continuing, the State Department spokesman mentioned Turkey and the sanctions issue. "We have collaborated closely with our allies and partners to impose significant and unprecedented costs on Russia, such as sanctions, export controls, and visa restrictions. We have made it clear to Turkey and all of our allies and partners that no one should be used as a safe haven for illicit Russian assets or transactions, and we will continue to do so," Vedad Patel noted.