| 27 September 2022, Tuesday |

Russian oligarchs welcome in Turkey, foreign minister says

Russian oligarchs are welcome in Turkey, but they must follow international law in order to conduct business, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday.

Turkey has strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but, on principle, opposes sanctions imposed by NATO allies.

“Of course, Russian oligarchs… or any Russian citizens can visit Turkey,” Cavusoglu responded to a question at the Doha Forum international conference.

“If you mean whether these oligarchs can do any business in Turkey, then of course if it is legal and not against international law, I will consider it,” he said, adding: “If it is against international law then that is another story.”

Two superyachts linked to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich have docked in Turkish resorts.

Western governments have targeted Abramovich and several other Russian oligarchs with sanctions as they seek to isolate President Vladimir Putin and his allies over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • Reuters