Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns Russia against ‘invading’ Ukraine, calling the former Soviet republic a “powerful” country with international friends.
Speaking to members of the Turkish press on the way back from Albania, Erdogan touched upon the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine in the Donbass region.
“I do not see Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a realistic approach. Because Ukraine is not an ordinary country. Ukraine is a powerful country. In addition, in order for Russia to take this step, it needs to review the situation in the whole world and its own situation,” he said.
Stressing that war needs to be erased from the history of politics, Erdogan said: “These things will not work using the reasoning: ‘I’ll occupy the lands of a place, I’ll take them.'”
Erdogan also underlined the need to discuss the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“You cannot handle these things by saying ‘I will invade something, I will take it,’” Turkish media quoted Erdogan as saying.