Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was cited on Tuesday as saying the prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine was not realistic and that he needed to discuss the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The West has voiced fears of a possible invasion of Ukraine by tens of thousands of Russian troops gathered near its border. Russia has denied such plans.
“I don’t view Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a realistic approach because Ukraine is not an ordinary country. Ukraine is a strong country,” Erdogan told reporters on a trip to Albania on Monday, according to broadcaster NTV, Reuters reported.
“For Russia to take that step, it would need to revise the situation in the whole world and its own,” he said, adding the region could not accept a war anymore and that such a move will “not be right”.
“Of course, we need to put these issues on the table with Mr Putin and discuss them.”