Ankara buys nearly 60 percent of its total gas needs from Russia.
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Turkey's leaders have mounted a charm offensive among regional energy producers in an effort to diversify supplies as relations with major natural gas provider Russia crumble following the downing of a Russian warplane by the Turkish airforce.Ankara buys nearly 60 percent of its total gas needs – around 27 billion cubic meters – from Russia via two main pipelines, which enter Turkey through the Marmara region, the country's industrial hub which includes Istanbul, its biggest city, and the most sensitive area to any disruption in supply.Buying gas from Turkmenistan and boosting supplies from Iran, already Turkey's second largest supplier, are among the options being considered, energy officials said.Davutoglu visited Azerbaijan Thursday with the aim of increasing gas imports through the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline, a key project due to bring 16 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe.
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