Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now intervened in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. At a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, he made him an offer.
In view of the Russian troop movements near the Ukraine, its president Volodymyr Selenskyj seeks the assistance of the Black Sea neighbor and NATO member Turkey. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Zelenskyj in Istanbul on Saturday and assured him of all support for peace efforts at a meeting lasting more than three hours.
Erdogan described the recent escalation of the conflict as worrying and called for a solution to the conflict on the basis of the Minsk Agreement.
NATO is concerned
“We are ready to provide any necessary support for this,” said Erdogan, who also maintains close relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Minsk peace agreement was negotiated in 2015 with German and French assistance.
Western states and NATO had expressed concern about the Russian approach. According to unconfirmed reports, the Moscow government is moving tanks to the border regions and to Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. The government in Moscow is talking about steps towards self-protection. Most recently, violence has increased again in eastern Ukraine, where Russia supports Ukrainian separatists.