After the United States or France, it is the turn of Turkey to condemn this Wednesday the referendums of annexation of Russia in four regions under its control in Ukraine. According to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which expresses itself through a press release, “such illegitimate accomplished facts will not be recognized by the international community”.
Turkey has never recognized Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which occurred during the first months of a latent conflict that erupted in 2014 and culminated in Russian intervention in Ukraine on February 24. Since the start of the conflict, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who maintains relations with kyiv and Moscow, has been trying to open talks and reach a truce, so far without success.
Erdogan wants a ‘dignified outcome’
However, the Russian decision to soon organize referenda on the annexation of the conquered territories and to partially mobilize the reservists marks an aggravation of the conflict. On Tuesday, President Erdogan told world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York that Moscow and Kyiv needed help to find a “dignified way out” of the crisis.
At the same time, European Union (EU) foreign ministers are holding an informal emergency meeting in New York on Wednesday evening on Ukraine after new threats from Vladimir Putin, the foreign minister announced. European Josep Borrell. The latter indicated that the question of new sanctions would be “on the table”, denouncing a “new escalation” on the part of Russia.