August 22, 2022

Turkey Takes a Side


Turkey Takes a Side
"We are worried. We do not want another Chornobyl." --President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Flickr, Brookings Institution

Amid the growing alarm around Russia taking over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Turkey has decided to put its weight behind the Ukrainian cause.

In a meeting on August 18, Turkish president Erdogan spoke with Ukrainian president Zelensky and UN chief Antonio Guterres, where he officially made his statement regarding Turkey's position on Ukraine and raised the global issue of the capture of Zaporizhzhia.

These statements come after only two weeks after Erdogan met with Putin, where they decided to continue economic cooperation. The move further shores up Russia's international isolation and pushes a nearby sometime ally away from Moscow.

 

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