Ukraine: “Everyone is talking”
Erdogan sculpts against Sholes and Macron
2/23/2022, 3:16 pm
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has plunged Turkey into conflict. The Turkish president does not want to abandon his friendship with Putin. Ankara, a member of NATO, condemns the violence. Erdogan is now looking for a way out and complaining about Western diplomacy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has complained about Western diplomacy in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. “Everyone is talking, and no one is doing anything,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by state news agency Anatoly. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholes were in Moscow, and US President Joe Biden has always talked about talks with Russia. “But none of that came out,” Erdogan said. Now NATO just needs to do something. However, Erdogan has opened up about what he did with it.
NATO member Turkey maintains close ties with both Ukraine and Russia. Erdogan said Turkey would not give up any partner. Turkey is more interested in closer ties with Ukraine. Ankara sells war drones to Kiev. They do not want to abandon the “most advanced” relations with Russia. Ankara is dependent on Moscow for gas supply.
NATO member with affiliation with the Kremlin
On Tuesday, Erdogan canceled his trip to Africa against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis. The Turkish president has announced that Erdogan will later make his planned trip to Guinea. Erdogan has previously described Russia’s recognition of eastern Ukrainian separatist areas as “unacceptable” and called on Moscow to comply with international law.
In a telephone conversation with Erdogan’s Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zhelensky, his office said, “Ankara rejects any decision that undermines Ukraine’s regional integrity.” In a phone call on Tuesday, however, Erdogan spoke out in favor of exploring “all diplomatic avenues” to find a solution.
Erdogan repeatedly offered to mediate the conflict. Turkey is considered an ally of Ukraine. Erdogan vehemently opposed Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 because of the historical presence of Turkish Tatars on the peninsula.
Erdogan also maintains close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite various positions, including the Syrian conflict, Ankara and Moscow have strengthened their trade and security ties in recent years. Turkey’s acquisition of Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile system has caused dissatisfaction among NATO partners. However, Ankara also felt the wrath of Moscow when it sold war drones to Ukraine.
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