Source: Erdogan in an interview with NTV, quoted by Reuters
Direct speech: “It would be unwise for Russia to invade Ukraine,” he said directly, “in which case Turkey would act as a NATO member.”
“I hope Russia does not launch an armed strike or invade Ukraine.” Such a step will not be a wise act for either Russia or the region. There is a need for dialogue…”
“I reiterate that we are ready to do whatever is necessary, and I conveyed these messages to President Putin and President Zelensky. I think both countries are aware of Turkey’s sincerity and good intentions.”
Details: Erdogan reiterated his proposal to accept both sides (Ukraine and Russia – ed.) For diplomatic talks.
He went on to say that the crisis should be handled “without engaging in war.”
- Turkey first announced a mediation proposal in November.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his visit to Ukraine is scheduled for early February, and reiterated the idea of Turkey’s mediation in negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.
- Ukraine welcomes Turkey’s initiative to mediate in the talks between the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia, Vladimir Zelensky and Vladimir Putin.
- Turkey has offered to hold meetings of the Tripartite Contact Group on the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements in Istanbul, but Russian militants do not agree to such a proposal.
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