Turkey and the United States will continue to work in “tight coordination” to find a diplomatic solution to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, following discussions between NATO partners’ deputy foreign ministers on Saturday.
Turkey-US relations have been strained in recent years due to a variety of concerns, including Turkey’s acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense systems and policy differences in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean. In December 2020, Washington placed penalties on Ankara over the S-400s.
Turkey maintains strong relations with both Ukraine and Russia and shares a maritime border in the Black Sea. Ankara has condemned Russia’s attack, but it has also opposed sanctions against Moscow.
Turkey’s foreign ministry said in a statement following discussions in Ankara between Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman that the allies “reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
“The significance of maintaining close collaboration to handle the complex effects of the situation and promote a diplomatic solution was underscored,” the statement said, adding that the two had also addressed bilateral connections.