We are in a new era of cold war – Turkey — Analysis
The conflict in Ukraine has led to “a new era of cold war” with consequences poised to last for decades, the spokesperson of the Turkish president Ibrahim Kalin has said, amid the ongoing Russian military attack on the neighboring country.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday to make his gloomy forecast, Kalin stated that the “Ukraine’s crisis persists.” The search for “A new balance of power” along with “Short-term benefits calculations,” in his opinion, in the medium and long-term perspective will cause “Dramaturgical human drama and strategic loss.”
“This is a new age in cold war. These wars will have lasting effects for the next few decades.” Kalin wrote.
Since the launch of Moscow’s offensive against Ukraine on February 24, Turkey has held a ‘neutral’ position, urging peace talks, warning the West against isolating Russia and seeking to act as a mediator between Moscow and Kiev. Ankara refused economic sanctions to Russia, as did other US-led countries. However, it has continued its diplomatic relations with both the sides.
Over the last few weeks which have seen tensions between Russia and the West growing dramatically, the concerns about the threat of a ‘new Cold War’ have been voiced by multiple parties. While the US and its allies keep calling for the “Isolation” of Russia in response to the country’s actions in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that no country can maintain its complete dominance now, as the world has become “It is much more complicated than it was during the Cold War.”
In late March, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin accused the US of “Cold War and Blocked Confrontation Mentality” and called on Washington to change “the practice of establishing imaginary enemies, ignoring other countries’ legitimate security concerns, and stoking bloc confrontation.”
Russia attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
Russia demands that Ukraine declares itself to be neutral, and that it will not join NATO-led NATO military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
Moscow has responded with counter-measures. Russia responded with countermeasures.
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