Turkey to Replace Ukrajna for Transit of Natural Gas

According to Zaman, Vladmir Putin wants Turkey to replace Ukraine as the main transit route for Russian natural gas. Russia is working to diversify the export routes of its natural gas away from Ukraine.
A good step in that direction was made in August when Putin went to Ankara to close a deal for the South stream pipeline.
Zaman relies on an article in the Moscow Times, however this remark seems to have been a side remark in a larger context of a Friday dinner at the Valdai Club. The Moscow Tims article is here.