Turks say the world can not “burn bridges” near Moscow

CAPTION: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin is pictured in an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey on September 27, 2020. REUTERS / Murad Sezer

March 27, 2022

DOHA (Reuters) – Turkey and other nations still need to talk to Russia to help end the war in Ukraine, a spokesman for the Turkish president said on Sunday, adding that Kyiv needed more support to defend itself.

NATO has good relations with both Russia and Ukraine and has sought to mediate in the month-long dispute.

“If everyone burns bridges with Russia, who is going to talk to them at the end of the day,” Ibrahim Kalin told Doha International.

“Ukrainians need to be supported by all means possible to defend themselves,” but the Russian language must be heard, in one way or another, “so that its grievances can be understood if they are not justified,” Kalin added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called on the West to give its country tanks, aircraft and missiles to defend itself against Russian forces. The West has responded to Russia’s invasion by imposing heavy economic sanctions on Moscow.

Ankara says Russia’s invasion is unacceptable but opposes Western sanctions in principle and has not joined them.

Turkey’s economy, which has already suffered from a currency crisis in December, relies heavily on Russian energy, trade and tourism, and since the war began on February 24, thousands of Russians have come to Turkey to see it as a safe haven from sanctions.

Ahmet Burak Daglioglu, head of Turkey’s investment office, said at the meeting in particular that some Russian companies were moving operations to Turkey.

Asked in a panel on Turkey’s trade with any people who could benefit President Vladimir Putin, he said: “We are not aiming, we are not chasing, we are not looking for any investment or capital that has questions about it. . ”

Two super-yachts connected to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich have docked in Turkish resorts.

Western powers have imposed sanctions on Abramovich and several other Russians as they try to isolate Putin and his allies over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

(Reports by Ghaida Ghantous, Andrew Mills and Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Edmund Blair and Gareth Jones)

Turks say the world can not “burn bridges” near Moscow

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