Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize breakaway eastern Ukrainian territories, calling it “unacceptable.”

By Kunal Kashyap

february 22, 2022

“Russia's decision to recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk Republics is contrary to the Minsk Agreements,” Erdogan told reporters during a trip to Senegal on Tuesday.

“It was emphasized that this decision constitutes a clear violation of Ukraine's political unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.

“We consider this decision of Russia unacceptable,” Erdogan said. The Turkish leader called on the parties to “respect common sense” and announced that Turkey is open to attending a summit proposal by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Erdogan added that Turkey is taking precautions in case of an escalation in hostility around the Black Sea.

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“Since we are a Black Sea country, many precautions must be taken,” he said.