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Turkey called relations with Russia strategically important and is not going to break them

Turkey called relations with Russia strategically important and is not going to break them

The country imports 50% of gas from Russia.

Turkey imports 50% of natural gas from Russia and is not going to refuse it. The country also does not intend to break off relations with Putin and the Russian Federation, as it considers them “strategically important.”

Such statements were made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with the Hurriyet portal.
“As for the war between Russia and Ukraine, then, of course, we are now pursuing a balanced policy both in relation to Russia and in relation to Ukraine. And in this policy of balance, of course, I do not intend to break ties with Mr. Putin or Mr. Zelensky,” Erdogan said.

Further, the President said that Turkey will continue to work in the chosen direction in order to avoid a world war. According to the president, global conflict will not benefit anyone. Erdogan then explained why Turkey would not sever relations with Russia.

“We have ties with both sides [Ukraine and the Russian Federation – UNIAN]. We have a nuclear power project with Russia – the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. I hope that within the next year we will complete and open it … Again, where do we get 50% of the natural gas that we use now? We supply it from Russia. For us, this is a strategically important relationship. And we cannot break these relations,” Erdogan said.

Recall that since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Turkey has taken a neutral position. She closed the passage of warships to the Black Sea through the Bosphorus, but refused to provide our country with the S-400 air defense system. Turkey also did not try to support Ukrainian refugees, but the state decided to create a separate airline for Russian tourists.

War of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

On February 24, the Russian Federation invaded independent Ukraine and caused a real collapse in the country. The invaders not only seize military units, airports and other strategic facilities, but also shoot at civilians and high-rise buildings of cities.
On February 27, 2022, information appeared that Belarus might declare war on Ukraine. There is no official confirmation of the invasion of her army into our territory yet.