Erdogan: "I do not intend to cut ties with Putin or Zelensky"

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey

© APA | Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey

# 19 May 2022 14:06 (UTC +04:00)

"As for the war between Russia and Ukraine, of course, we are currently pursuing a balanced policy with both Russia and Ukraine. And of course, I do not indent to cut ties with Mr. Putin or Mr. Zelensky in this balanced policy," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, APA's correspondent in Istanbul reports.

"We have some steps regarding Ukraine. At present, we purchase 50 percent of natural gas from Russia. These are strategically important relations for us. So, we can't cut these ties. On the other hand, we have extensive cooperation with Ukraine in the fields of food and grain. And if there is a state in the region that will be an element of stability, it will be Turkey. We must protect it, "he said.