Why is Ankara neutral in the Ukrainian crisis? The Turkish researcher reveals it

The European Union has expressed its concern for Turkey which maintains its close cooperation with Russia despite Russian military operations in course in Ukraine since February 24, as Brussels has imposed sanctions on Moscow, while Ankara has distanced itself from it, so the European Union is today asking Turkey to stop its cooperation with Russia, which Ankara is helping to circumvent the European sanctions?

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy coordinator, said in a letter to the European Parliament that “the deepening of economic relations between Turkey and Russia is a major concern for Brussels”, adding that “Turkey’s policy of not adhering to the restrictive measures imposed by the Union continues.” European, it’s a matter of concern,” as she stated.

A Turkish academic and researcher in international relations said that “Turkey is not bound by European sanctions against Russia, mainly because it is not a member of the European Union”.

Turkish university professor and researcher Norshin Atikoglu Gunay told Al Arabiya.net: “Turkey is an independent country and is not part of the European Union, and for this reason I do not think that the anger of Brussels at its policies towards the Ukrainian war will have any impact on relations between them, especially since Ankara is trying to stay neutral in this crisis”.

He added: “Turkey does not believe in the effectiveness of imposing sanctions on Russia, nor does it believe that these sanctions will force Moscow to stop its war against Ukraine, as it believes in the existence of an effective dialogue between Moscow and Kiev, what it is trying to do, and therefore Ankara is not on the side of the United States and the European Union in this matter.” Sanctions against Russia are not the proper way to stop the war.

And he added: “Turkey believes that a serious and open dialogue between the two sides is needed to reach solutions, or at least for a ceasefire between the two sides, and it is not obliged to stand by one side against the other, especially since it enjoys good relations with the European Union and Russia, on which it relies heavily.” in matter of oil and gas.

According to the Turkish academy, Ankara prefers to remain neutral on the Ukrainian front, and it could in later help stop it.

Turkey had distanced itself from the Russo-Ukrainian war, trying to play a mediating role between the two countries with which it maintains close political and economic relations, despite European concerns over its openness to Moscow during this crisis.

Turkey has repeatedly announced in past that will not adhere to the European sanctions imposed by Brussels on Moscow, despite the economic agreements concluded between Ankara and Brussels and the customs union they form together.

The European Union links its concern about Russian-Turkish cooperation to the role Ankara plays in evading sanctions imposed on Moscow, which last imposed more in early October and did not prevent the Russian side to benefit from oil revenues as a result of its cooperation with the Turkish side. Just last Friday, the number of Russian tankers in waiting in the Black Sea to cross the Turkish Bosphorus and the Dardanelles has reached 28.

The European Union had agreed with the Group of Seven and Australia to prevent suppliers of maritime services, such as insurance companies, from contributing to the export of Russian oil unless it was sold at a price previously set by the three parties with the aim of depriving Moscow of oil revenues, which it has been exposed to by its Western allies to prevent this.

The European Union aims through the economic sanctions it imposes on Russia to reduce energy revenues, much of which Moscow uses in the war on Ukraine, but despite this, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to play the role of mediator between Russia and Ukraine among the problems in suspended between the two countries linked to last July’s deal, which was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, allowing the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea corridor, and was recently extended until mid-March.

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