That’s what he’s about stated at a press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade.
“I can clearly say that I do not consider the attitude of the West (to Russia – Ord.) is correct. Because the West, which follows a policy based on provocations,” Erdogan said.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine in February this year, Turkey has insisted that it follows a “balanced” policy that has paid dividends, such as the historic agreement in Istanbul this July that unblocked grain exports from Ukraine.
Erdogan added that the Russian-Ukrainian war does not appear to be ending “anytime soon,” adding: “I say to those who underestimate Russia, you are doing it wrong. Russia is not a country to be underestimated.”
He stated that neither Russia nor Ukraine will be the winners of this war, but there are many losers. “Russia has cut off natural gas, prices have risen in Europe. Everyone is thinking about it. Why didn’t they think about it earlier?” Erdogan said.
- On September 7, Erdogan went on a tour to the Balkans. He will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.
- On September 6, Erdogan said that Europe itself is to blame for the energy crisis: “It reaps what it sows.” On the same day, Erdoğan’s fellow party member Murat Baybatur met with a delegation of Putin’s United Russia party.
- On September 3, Turkey announced that it is ready to supply the Balkan countries with gas this winter instead of Russia.
- On August 29, Turkey increased the fee for passage through its Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits by five times.
- In mid-August, it became known that Turkey would help in the reconstruction of Ukraine. The first object may be a bridge connecting Bucha and Irpin with the capital.
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