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Erdogan explains Putin to the West — Analysis

According to the Turkish leader, it’s a matter if you have a positive attitude about dealing with Russian President.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday criticized his Western colleagues for having the wrong attitude towards Russian President Vladimir Putin, contrasting that with his own ability to work with Moscow on issues ranging from the Syrian peace process to last week’s deal to export Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea ports.

“You know the attitude of Western politicians towards Putin,”He spoke to TRT, the state broadcaster on Monday night. “unbecoming of politics.”

“The attitude you show him is the attitude you will get in return,” Erdogan explained.

He credited this insight for Ankara’s ability to successfully negotiate the grain deal with both Moscow and Kiev on Friday. Turkey had also hosted the initial talks between Ukraine and Russia in the early days of the conflict, before the process broke down – reportedly at the urging of some Western leaders.

“We are determined to put this agreement into practice,”Erdogan spoke out about the grain agreement, saying that they would help to reduce the risk of an international food shortage. He asked Russia and Ukraine for their full compliance with the Istanbul grain deal.

Erdogan stated that Ankara doesn’t consider either of the sides in conflict with Russia or Ukraine an enemy. Turkey has not imposed sanctions against Russia, but it has spoken in opposition to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine and sold Kiev combat drones such as the Bayraktar TB-2. 

Erdogan stated that Turkey is focusing its attention on Russia’s relations. “mutual benefit,”These include the peace talks for Syria’s neighbor. As part of the ‘Astana Three’ initiative, the Turkish leader met with Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran earlier this month. 

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