“It would be unwise for Russia to attack Ukraine,” Erdogan said

"It would be unwise for Russia to attack Ukraine," Erdogan said


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said it was “unwise for Russia to attack Ukraine” and that Turkey would act as a NATO member.


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.”


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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.”

Background :

  • 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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