Erdogan blames Europe's energy crisis on Russia sanctions
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Erdogan has maintained good working relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin while trying to stay neutral in the conflict and supplying Ukraine with Turkish weapons and combat drones.
He told reporters before departing for a three-nation swing through the Balkans that European nations were "harvesting what they sowed" by imposing economic restrictions on Russia.
"He is using all his means and weapons. Natural gas, unfortunately, is one of them."
Erdogan's comments echo those expressed by the Kremlin this week.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday blamed Russia's halt of gas deliveries to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline on "sanctions that were imposed against our country".
Russia accounted for nearly half of Turkey's own natural gas purchases last year.
Turkey pledged to slowly transition to paying for the Russian imports with rubles at a summit between Erdogan and Putin in Sochi earlier this month.
Analysts believe the deal will ensure that Russia will continue to supply Turkey with gas through the TurkStream pipeline running under the Black Sea.