(Worthy News) – Initially restrained in its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Turkey shifted its stance at the weekend, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling the attack “unacceptable” and saying his country would restrict Russia warships’ entry into the Black Sea to “prevent escalation.”
Asked on Tuesday about Ukraine’s desire to join NATO, Erdogan said Turkey would offer no objection to enlargement of the alliance, saying that “we have always defended and still defend enlargement in NATO as being beneficial.”
He also voiced support for Ukraine’s urgent application this week to join the European Union – while adding pointedly that Turkey hoped it would not have to be attacked before its own long-delayed aspiration to join the bloc was met.
Analysts have described Turkey’s position in relation to the Ukraine war as notable, due to its ties with the West as a NATO ally, with Russia as an energy partner and security partner in Syria, and with Ukraine as a defense equipment trading partner. [ Source: CNS News (Read More…) ]
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