Erdogan: Stronger Western Moves Against Russia 8 Years Ago Would Have Prevented Current War

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Source: Anti-Bellum

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov July 4, 2021:

“Turkey is a NATO nation but, concurrently, our relations with Turkey are an example showing that partner relations can and must be built even with NATO countries, in the person of Turkey.”

Anadolu Agency March 11, 2022:

‘Stronger Western response to Crimea invasion could have averted Russia-Ukraine war’: Turkiye

Turkiy’s president on Friday strongly criticized the Western world over Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, saying that a stronger response then could have prevented Moscow’s current war on Ukraine.

“If the whole West had clamored against the invasion of Crimea in 2014, would we be facing today’s picture?” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening ceremony of the three-day Antalya Diplomacy Forum in southern Turkiye.

Ukraine has been forsaken in its righteous cause, said the Turkish president as the Russia-Ukraine war marks its 16th day.

Azeri Press Agency:

Turkish President: “Ukraine was left alone in its righteous fight”

“Ukraine was left alone in its righteous fight,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the opening ceremony of Antalya Diplomacy Forum, APA reports.

“We regret that the crises turned into conflict. This mostly disappointed us. We can not turn a blind eye to the occupation of the territory of the neighboring country and refuse it,” Erdogan stressed.

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  2. Maiasta says

    I think somehow that it’s fit advice for the Turkish military. i.e. stronger moves against Erdogan back in the day would have prevented the neo-Ottoman destruction of Syria, the attack on Armenia and the jailing and sacking of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Turkey itself.

    Oh, and Turks would still be learning about evolution in schools (instead of Bronze Age fairy tales) and Hagia Sophia would still be a national monument instead of an exclusionary mosque.

  3. SteveK9 says

    I think Russia is simply waiting for Erdogan to die or be replaced. There is no other explanation for the patience they show this double-dealer.

    1. Helga Weber says

      He definitely is a double dealer

      1. Maiasta says

        All politicians are double-dealers but Erdogan is much worse than that. The Russians should have let him fall back in 2016.

  4. brtanner says

    Erdogan is wearing out his welcome with Putin mighty fast now…

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