Russian President Vladimir Putin said to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday that Turkey was the "most reliable route" for gas to European countries.
"As for other hydrocarbon energy, including gas, our deliveries are in full volume in accordance with your requests," Putin said on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.
"We also carry out transit through Turkey to European countries. Turkey turned out to be the most reliable route for gas supplies to Europe today."
In the same bilateral meeting, Erdogan told Putin that Turkey can help transport Russian grain and fertilizer to less developed countries.
"We can work together on coming up with the list of these countries because more so than the developed countries, we need to look out for the poorer countries," Erdogan said.
"While the steps Turkey and Russia take on this may discomfort some circles, it will make less developed countries happy."
Some context: Russia has been using its natural gas resources to exert economic pressure on European countries, worsening the energy crisis.
Moscow has been toying with supply via key pipelines, and last month there were unexplained leaks in two Russian gas pipelines running under the Baltic Sea near Sweden and Denmark.
For its part, Turkey played an important role in brokering a deal that saw Russia allow grain exports from key Ukrainian ports to restart in August.