After Western reports and fears of a “Russian invasion of Ukraine”, the Turkish president says that he rules out Russia from doing so, and does not see it as a realistic approach, and indicates that he will discuss this matter with his Russian counterpart.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled out the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine, stressing that he “does not see this as a realistic approach.”
Erdogan added, in a press conference today, Tuesday, while returning from the Republic of Albania, which he visited on Monday, that “for Moscow to take this step, it must reconsider its situation and the situation of the entire world.”
He referred to the visit of his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, to Ukraine, pointing out that he will hold a conversation with him in this regard.
“We must also put these issues on the table and discuss them with Russian President Vladimir Putin, because these regions can no longer bear war,” the Turkish president added.
He stressed, “the necessity of erasing war from the history of politics,” saying that “the logic of occupying others’ lands is no longer valid.”
Erdogan added that “Turkey’s policy is clear in this regard,” recalling his constant affirmation to his Russian counterpart, at each meeting, that “his country opposes the occupation of Crimea, and that the Turkish Foreign Ministry always confirms this as well.”
already Russia denied US reports She talks about a possible attack on Ukraine, after the publication of a US intelligence document accusing Russia of preparing to launch an attack on Ukraine.
“The United States is carrying out a special operation (which shows that) the situation on Ukraine is deteriorating, while placing responsibility on Russia,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Ukraine claims that Russia has massed more than 90,000 troops near their common border. but Moscow She denied the rumors that she was preparing to launch an attack on its southern neighbour, and defended its right to deploy forces on its territory as it saw fit.
Erdogan: Terrorist organizations receive US support in Syria
Regarding the situation in Syria, the Turkish president made it clear that “Turkey cannot ignore the presence of Russian and American bases and terrorist organizations in large parts of Syria, which borders his country to the south.”
He pointed out that “terrorist organizations have received, and continue to receive, great support from the United States, and that Turkey cannot ignore that either.”
“We have always said this to US President Joe Biden during our meeting, and as we mentioned to former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, we told them all: You support terrorist organizations,” Erdogan added.
He explained that “the coalition forces in Iraq and Syria provided thousands of trucks loaded with weapons and ammunition to these terrorist organizations,” stressing that “the support is still continuing.”
Erdogan pointed out that “Russia also does not withdraw from Syria. Had it done so, (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad would not have been able to stay. What keeps him alive is Russian support,” also referring to Iranian support.
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