Turkey says that “some NATO countries” want the war in Ukraine to continue so that Russia “is weakened”

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stated that “some NATO countries” want the war in Ukraine to continue so that Russia “weakens” and reiterated that the country is willing to host a meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, Volodimir Zelenski and Vladimir Putin, respectively.

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Cavusoglu has indicated in an interview granted to the CNN Turk television network that Ankara considered that the war would not last much longer after the meeting in Istanbul between the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Sergei Lavrov and Dimitro Kuleba, respectively, after which Moscow announced that it would “drastically” reduce its offensive against the capital, kyiv, and the city of Chernigov.

However, the Turkish minister stressed that “after the meeting of NATO foreign ministers, there was the impression that (…) there were some NATO member states that want the war to continue so that Russia is weakened “, as reported by the Turkish state news agency, Anatolia.

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He has also confirmed that in recent days he has spoken with Lavrov and Kuleba and has revealed that the president of Turkey, Recept Tayyip Erdogan, will speak “in the coming days” with Putin and Zelensky. “In principle, they both say positive things about meeting when the conditions are right,” he said.

The war broke out on February 24 after the invasion order given by the Russian president, who days before had recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, located in the east of the country and the epicenter of a conflict since 2014.

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