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Newsline: Diplomat says Ukraine working with Turkey

Ukraine is working with NATO member Turkey as much as possible for more support over Russia’s invasion and understands – even though it is not happy with – the reality of Ankara’s parallel ties to Moscow, a Ukrainian diplomat said. Ankara has criticised the invasion and sold drones to Kyiv despite Russian objections. But it has also opposed Western sanctions against Moscow and maintained a careful rhetoric by refraining from accusing either country over the conflict, even amid reports of war crimes in parts of Ukraine. We would be happy if Turkey joined the sanctions” and cut flights from Russia. “But we understand this reality,” the diplomat told foreign journalists on Friday on condition of anonymity. “…Instead of criticising Turkey we are working with the Turkish side as much as possible, and not demanding something that is improbable,” the person added, noting that it was still the only country that had managed to bring together Russian and Ukrainian officials for peace talks. (https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-working-with-turkey-understands-parallel-ties-russia-ukrainian-diplomat-2022-04-16/) Turkey, which relies heavily on Russian energy imports and tourists, has emerged as a safe haven for Russians fleeing fallout from the sanctions, and many have invested in Turkish property.

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