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Turkey asks Russia for a more constructive stance to break the deadlock
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Turkey today urged Russia to abandon its unilateral demands and take a more constructive approach to break the stalemate with the Western powers and NATO over Ukraine.

For a proposal to be accepted, it must be acceptable to both parties,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said, quoted by France-Presse news agency.

Çavusoglu was talking about the upcoming meeting, convened for January 12, of the NATO-Russia Council, the consultative body created in 2002 between the Atlantic Alliance and Moscow.

Russia and NATO “must come to the table with proposals that both parties can accept (…). A unilateral and binding approach will not be acceptable on either side,” warned Çavusoglu, whose country is a member of NATO, saying that the Ukrainian issue is not one-sided.

On December 17, Russia presented proposals for agreements to limit the influence of the United States and NATO in its region, at a time when Moscow is accused of preparing an offensive against Ukraine, a neighboring country with which it has been in conflict since 2014.

The two texts presented by Moscow, one relating to NATO and the other to the USA, provide for the prohibition of any expansion of the military alliance in Eastern Europe, namely with the accession of Ukraine, and any establishment of US military bases in the countries of the former Soviet space.

The European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Thursday reaffirmed their support for Ukraine.

The Atlantic Alliance has been denouncing Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula from Crimea for seven years and demanding respect for Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty, which has been undermined by a conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

Russia and the western camp accuse each other of provocations through the development of military capabilities at their common borders.

In early December, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the Ukrainian army’s use of Turkish-supplied military ‘drones’ (remotely controlled aerial rigs).

Ankara authorities have also been criticized by NATO for having bought a Russian defense system despite being a member of the alliance.

Fonte: com Agências

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