Erdogan To Putin: We Don’t Recognize Steps Against Ukraine’s Sovereignty

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, stressing upon adopting necessary steps to reduce tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

During the talks, Erdogan told Putin that Turkey does not recognize any steps which would be against Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that this is Ankara’s “principled stance.”

According to a statement issued by the Presidency’s Directorate of Communications, Erdogan expressed Turkey’s readiness to do what it can to lead to a reduction of tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Erdogan said that military conflict would not benefit anyone, and stressed upon the importance of reaching a conclusion on the basis of the Minsk Agreements.

“Turkey attaches importance to the continuation of diplomatic contacts and talks. We are ready to do our part to reduce tensions and preserve peace,” the statement quoted Erdgoan as saying.

Russia has not commented on talks between Putin and Erdgoan so far. On Monday Putin announced that Moscow was recognizing two eastern Ukrainian breakaway regions as “independent” states, followed quickly by an order sending Russian forces there to “maintain peace”.

The announcement sparked widespread condemnations among the world leaders which also sought for more sanctions on Moscow.


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