Türkiye's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country does not recognise the steps against Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that this is Ankara's principled stance.
Türkiye's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discussed the issue of Russia-Ukraine tensions in a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to a statement issued by the Presidency’s Directorate of Communications on Wednesday, Erdogan emphasised that the problem was becoming more complex with time and that a military conflict would not benefit anyone.
He said Türkiye attaches importance to the continuation of diplomatic contacts and talks.
Ankara is ready to do its part to reduce tensions and preserve peace, Erdgoan said.
Stating that Türkiye does not recognise the steps against Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that this is a principled stance, Erdogan said it is important to reach a conclusion on the basis of the Minsk Agreements.
Reiterating his call for this issue to be resolved through dialogue, President Erdogan noted that it is beneficial to highlight diplomacy and that they maintain a constructive stance within NATO as well.
President Erdogan:— Yusuf Erim (@YusufErim34) February 23, 2022
- Turkiye ready to do what's necessary to reduce tension between Russia and Ukraine
- Turkiye won't recognize steps against Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- important to reach a conclusion on the basis of the Minsk Agreements.
Reaching solution through dialogue
Earlier on Wednesday, Erdogan has said Türkiye hoped that its Black Sea neighbours Russia and Ukraine return to the negotiating table as soon as possible to seek a solution.
He said Ankara would not turn its back on either Kiev or Moscow.
Putin on Monday announced that Moscow was recognising two eastern Ukrainian breakaway regions as “independent” states, followed quickly by an order sending Russian forces there to “maintain peace”.
The announcements drew widespread global condemnation, with Western countries announcing new sanctions on Russia.
Erdogan called the recognition unacceptable, stressing Türkiye's efforts to help reach a resolution.
In 2014, after invading Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, Moscow began to support separatist forces in eastern Ukraine against the central government, a policy that it has maintained for the past seven years. The conflict has taken more than 13,000 lives, according to the UN.
Putin's latest moves follow Russia amassing some 100,000 troops and heavy equipment in and around its neighbour, with the US and Western countries accusing it of setting the stage for an invasion.
Russia has denied it is preparing an invasion and instead claims Western countries undermined its security through NATO’s expansion towards its borders.