Russia and Ukraine | Turkey’s dilemma: NATO member and friend of Putin (and how the war has endangered relations between Ankara and Moscow)

  • Norberto Paredes @norbertparedes
  • BBC News World

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.

Hours after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Turkish Foreign Ministry called it “unacceptable” and a “serious violation of international law”.

After speaking with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the Russian invasion as a “hard blow to regional peace and stability”.

Turkey’s stance came as a surprise to some, as Ankara and Moscow have been key strategic allies in the South Caucasus region for more than a decade.

The two regimes supported each other maintain an anti-American and anti-European policy, support regimes like that of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and forge ever-deeper trade ties.

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