Posted: 14.12.2022 10:42:00

Turkiye explained Ankara's refusal to join anti-Russian sanctions

In his talk with the Soloviev Live channel, Turkish historian Mehmet Perincek commented on Ankara’s refusal to join the sanctions against Russia imposed by the West. According to him, Turkiye is concerned about the consequences of the restrictions that not only the Russian Federation, but also it may face.


Earlier, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said that Ankara's unwillingness to join the anti-Russian sanctions and its trade relations with Moscow cause him concern.

“Western sanctions [are imposed] not only against Russia. These anti-human restrictions work against the countries that have economic ties with the Russian Federation. Not only Russia's neighbours are affected, but also the whole of Europe. Americans have created such a trap not only against Russia and the countries that act as barriers for the US plans, but also against their ally," Mr. Perincek emphasised.

The historian believes, if Turkiye does not join the anti-Russian sanctions, this will have a positive impact on the country’s economy. “Turkiye can become an economic, financial, logistics, trade and energy centre. In co-operation with Russia, the country will be able to develop its economy," he said.

Ankara's unwillingness to join the anti-Russian sanctions was discussed in the summer as well. The official representative of the President of Turkiye, Ibrahim Kalin, then said that ‘this comes from our economic benefits, the country is dependent on external energy sources’.