President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as stating on Saturday that Turkey is committed to pursuing a peace conversation between Russia and Ukraine as he accused the US and other Western nations of inciting Moscow.
Erdogan was reported as saying, without further explanation, “The West, and notably the U.S., is assaulting Russia seemingly continuously” by the state broadcaster TRT and other media.
Turkey, a member of NATO, conducted meetings between delegations from Ukraine and Russia early this year and has made an effort to strike a compromise between criticizing the invasion and opposing the sanctions.
Over the past four months, a deal was mediated by Ankara and the U.N. to resume Ukrainian grain exports from Black Sea ports. Erdogan stated that while proposing a specific time frame for the deal’s extension past its Nov. 19 deadline “would be wrong,” it should continue for “as long as possible.”