The Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara does not approve of sanctions against Russia imposed by USA and EU countries.
The Turkish foreign Minister urged the parties «to solve their problems through dialogue» rather than sanctions.
«Turkey suffered a lot from sanctions in the past. Sanctions against our neighbors and partners have caused serious damage to our economy. That’s why when we hear about sanctions, we do not approve of it. We consider all possibilities for solving problems in a different way,» said Cavusoglu in an interview with Türkiye. His words are quoted by Hurriyet Daily News.
The Turkish Minister stressed that that is why Turkey has not joined anti-Russian sanctions.
Note that on 4 August, the Council of the European Union expanded sanctions against Russia in connection with the supply of the Crimea turbines of the German company Siemens to bypass the sanctions, which gets supply of European equipment in the annexed Peninsula.
The decision to expand the sanctions was made at the request of Germany.
We will remind, 19 June 2017, the EU Council extended for another year, until 23 June 2018, the sanctions in respect of Crimea «in connection with the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol with Russia.»
The sanctions against Crimea were imposed by the EU after the annexation of the Peninsula by Russia in March 2014.