At today’s press conference (13 March), Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated: Ankara’s position on the issue of sanctions Russia very clear, sanctions “cannot solve the problem”.
In response to Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, the US, EU and other US allies have imposed a series of harsh sanctions against Russia to put pressure on the Russian economy.
The Russian side has also launched retaliatory measures, making the situation even more tense and global markets faltering.
According to RT (Russia), earlier, the Turkish television channel TRT Haber quoted a spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying that the country will not impose sanctions on Russia, but will continue to make efforts for dialogue with the Kremlin.
The official said that Ankara had no plans to “impose sanctions on Russia” as it wanted to avoid the negative impact on its own economy caused by the sanctions.
Like its NATO ally, Turkey also condemns Russia’s actions, but does not impose sanctions, but seeks to mediate between Russia and Ukraine in the hope that the two sides will reach an agreement, peace, or at least a ceasefire.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on March 11 that he expected “all NATO members to punish Russia”, including Turkey. He also said that he had raised the issue in his meeting with Foreign Minister Cavusoglu.
On March 10, the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine held their first high-level meeting since Russia launched what it called a “special military operation” in a neighboring country.
Although these dialogues have not achieved significant results, President Erdogan called the meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba a “diplomatic victory”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on March 11 that the two sides had made “certain positive progress” through three rounds of talks in Belarus.