Erdogan Calls Recognition of Pro-Russian Republics Unacceptable

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan finds it “unacceptable” that Russia has officially recognised two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.


The Turkish head of state is calling on all parties to abide by international law and use common sense, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said.

NATO member Turkey shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and maintains close ties with both Kyiv and Moscow. Erdogan previously offered to mediate in the tense conflict between the two countries.

The Turkish government has strongly criticised Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

The Kremlin announced Monday, angering Kyiv and many Western countries, that it would recognise the pro-Russian regions of eastern Ukraine as independent states. President Vladimir Putin also announced that a “peace force” is going to the region.

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