Turkey warns against ‘burning bridges’ with Russia — Analysis
The presidential spokesperson says that it’s necessary to reach out to Moscow in order to end the Ukrainian crisis.
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin warned against isolating Moscow, stating that Russia “must be heard one way or another.” The official made the remarks on Sunday, during the opening session of the Doha Forum.
“If everybody burns bridges with Russia, then who’s going to talk to them, at the end of the day?”Kalin asked.
He also urged the international community to help Ukraine. “by every means possible”It can! “defend”The ongoing Russian offensive, which was started in February, is something that the United States will not tolerate. He said that Russia’s position needs to be considered.
“The Russian case must be heard, one way or the other,”Kalin declared.
NATO member Turkey has tried to adopt a neutral stance during the ongoing conflict. It is purportedly trying to serve as mediator between Moscow/Kiev. Ankara, unlike other US-led members, has not imposed economic sanctions on Russia. It has maintained diplomatic contacts with both parties.
The Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft weapon systems, which are used to support the Ukrainian army, have been explicitly rejected by Turkey. While the potential transfer – apparently in return for Washington supplying F-35 fighter jets and American-made anti-aircraft systems – has been widely reported by western media, top Turkish officials have said it was not on the table.
“This is a done deal for us. They are our property, serving our defense, so it’s over,”Recep Tayyip Turkey Erdogan stated this earlier this week.
Ankara closed the Turkish Sea Straits that connect the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and Aegean. This was in accordance with the provisions of The 1936 Montreux Convention. It is allowed to bar military vessels in any state of war from the straits, and to prevent them being used by other nations if it believes it is under imminent threat. However, neither Russia nor Ukraine have officially declared war.
Russian launched its offensive against Ukraine on February 24, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Protocols that were French and German-brokered had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.
Russia demanded Ukraine now declare it a neutral state and that it will not join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.
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