The vote in Donbass and two other regions is worrying, but if Vladimir Putin has a plan, he will stick to it, the Turkish president said.
The recent referendums on joining Russia in the Donbass republics and two regions of Ukraine are extremely worrying, and it would be better if “This issue should be resolved diplomatically.“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told local media on Wednesday.
In an interview with CNN Türk on Wednesday, Erdogan sounded alarm over the public vote, adding that dialogue would be the preferred option to deal with the issue.
“The decision to hold a referendum in some occupied regions of Ukraine is quite worrying… there could be an annexationHe further said thatIf Putin, who I know, has put something in his head, he will.“
Erdoğan said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had requested Turkey’s diplomatic support on the issue of the referendum. “[He] We want to convince Putin. I intend to discuss these issues in detail with Putin tomorrow. [on Thursday]“They said.
He also noted that another major issue on the agenda would be the UN-Turkey-brokered deal that unblocked Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea. According to Erdogan, 80 percent of grain shipments from Ukrainian ports “Unfortunately went to rich countries.“
“This is a serious concern for Putin. We hope to be able to send it to poor countries and get results,” he added.
However, on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the Russian leader had no talks with Erdogan.
During the interview, the Turkish president also stressed that a possible nuclear war “Destructive“No one should even think about it, let alone talk about it. Solving this issue through diplomacy would be the most appropriate course of action.“They said.
It was an apparent reference to the Russian leader’s warning to the West last week, which said that those who use nuclear blackmail against Moscow will be ready.Be aware that air can circulate.“
Last week, Erdogan claimed that Ukraine and Russia could only reach a peace deal if Moscow returned all the land it has seized since the military operation began in late February.
During a referendum held between 23 and 27 September, Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as parts of Kherson Region and Zaporizhia Region, voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.
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