US comments on ruble deal between Turkey and Russia

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“We continue to encourage allies to take steps to diversify their energy sources to reduce energy dependence on Russia”

The first reaction from the US to the agreement between Turkey and Russia over the ruble. “So far, there appears to be no evidence of illicit Russian money in Turkey,” the US State Department said, calling on Turkey not to become a safe haven for illicit Russian assets.

Answering the questions of Bloomberg HT’s Ciner Media Group US Representative Ali Çınar, the US State Department gave its views on the Ruble agreement reached after the meeting between Turkish President and AKP Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

“We would like to remind that Turkey has expressed its strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s aggression and President Erdogan called Russia’s action ‘unacceptable’,” the statement said.

“We are carefully monitoring the data, and so far there appears to be no evidence of illegal Russian money in Turkey,” the US State Department said, adding that it urged Turkey not to become a safe haven for illicit Russian assets or transactions.

“We continue to encourage allies to take steps to diversify their energy sources to reduce energy dependence on Russia,” the US State Department said, adding that it was working with Turkey to help its efforts to increase energy security in the long term.

Making a statement after Erdogan and Putin’s meeting in Sochi, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak announced that gas supply with Turkey was discussed and it was decided to be paid in Russian Ruble in the first stage.

Erdoğan also told reporters on his return to Sochi, “Another good thing about the Sochi visit was that we agreed on the ruble with Mr. Putin. Since we will make these exchanges at the ruble point, of course, it will hopefully bring Russia and Turkey as a separate source of strength at the financial point between Turkey and Russia.”

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