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Russian advice to Turkey

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow urges Ankara to stop feeding aggressive sentiments to Ukraine, warning against encouraging any “initiatives” issued by Kiev on the Crimean peninsula.
“With regard to Ukrainian affairs, we strongly recommend our Turkish colleagues, at all levels, to carefully analyze the situation and stop feeding aggressive sentiments in Kiev,” Lavrov said.
“We are very clear about the idea that encouraging the Ukrainian aggressive initiatives around the Crimean Peninsula amounts to encroaching upon Russia’s territorial integrity,” he said.
Lavrov stressed that Russia expects Moscow to “amend the Turkish line in terms of taking into account the legitimate concerns”.
On April 10, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that in his talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky in Istanbul, he confirmed Ankara’s non-recognition of “annexing Crimea” and its support for the “Crimean Platform” initiative, which “aims to bring together the stances of the international community towards Crimean topic. “
And to all this, Lavrov pointed out that differences on some international files do not prevent Moscow and Ankara from conducting intensive political dialogue and developing cooperation to meet the needs of the Russian and Turkish peoples.

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