Erdogan Increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia
On Saturday In a joint press conference, following the meeting with Zelenskyy, who visited Istanbul Erdogan said, “We hope for the worrying escalation observed on the field recently to end as soon as possible, the ceasefire to continue and for the conflict to be resolved via dialogue on the basis of the Minsk agreements. We are ready to provide any support necessary for this. “
He added, “We discussed in detail the issues of security and joint counteraction to challenges in the Black Sea region and it is worth noting that the visions of Kyiv and Ankara coincide both regarding the threats themselves and the ways of responding to these threats.”
Erdogan, at the same time, being aware of not making any move towards jeopardizing his ties with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, very tactfully said that his cooperation with Ukraine should not be seen as a way of targeting any other country.
Many fear that increasing tensions between Russia and Ukraine could lead to a full-blown war. On Friday, Russia accused Ukraine of making war preparations with an aim to regain control of the country’s eastern territory, which was governed by Russia-backed Separatist forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, in his statement clearly reflected Moscow’s readiness to go to any extent for preventing Kyiv from retaking control over separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.