Turkey Offers to Mediate Between Ukraine, Russia to Cool Tension
Turkey is ready to mediate between Ukraine and Russia to avert an escalation over the massing of Russian troops on the border of the east European nation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
The offer followed a warning from President Joe Biden that the U.S. and its allies would take “strong” measures in response to any Russian attack on Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed NATO’s effort to expand relations with Ukraine for the rising tensions. Moscow wants binding guarantees that the U.S.-led security alliance won’t take in new members to the east or station offensive weapons close to it’s territories.
“We are ready to give our best support to reduce the tension between Russia and Ukraine that has been rising in recent weeks and to establish a dialog channel,” Erdogan told Turkish reporters during a visit to Qatar Tuesday. “With the consent of both parties, we can offer facilitation, mediation or support in any format desired.”
Biden Is Left Guessing Over Putin’s Ultimate Aim in Ukraine
The video call between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin lasted about two hours. It will take months to figure out if the two sides managed to defuse the crisis over Ukraine.
Biden sought to send a clear message: Russia must not go ahead with an invasion of Ukraine as the U.S. fears it might, and would face massive economic sanctions if it does. Putin, meanwhile, wanted the U.S. to know that Russia won’t tolerate NATO expanding further east or deploying weapons in Ukraine.
Biden Told Putin He’d Bolster Ukraine Military If Russia Attacks.