MOSCOW, BM, ($1= 73.08 ruble) – Moscow intends to hold consultations with Ankara soon, at which it will raise the issue of cooperation between the Ukrainian and Turkish naval forces and the issue of attracting Kyiv to NATO, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid.
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“You mentioned the statements of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on the plans for cooperation between the naval forces of Ukraine and Turkey, we have very clearly, unequivocally stated our position regarding the attempts to attract Ukraine to NATO. I do not doubt that serious, responsible countries understand very well what this is all about. We are having a regular dialogue with our Turkish colleagues, we are planning another contact soon, I think, of course, we will talk about this topic as well,” Lavrov said, RIA Novosti reported.
Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with Anadolu that Kyiv had bought strike drones from Turkey so that Russia could “think twice” before “attacking” Ukraine. “Drones are needed to contain Russia so that it can think twice before planning an escalation or a large-scale attack on Ukraine …” he said.
Last Monday, the final statement at the NATO summit in Brussels confirmed that Georgia and Ukraine could become members of the alliance in the future. However, the conditions for Ukraine and Georgia to join the alliance were not set out in the document.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky then complained that NATO did not specify a deadline for the country to join the alliance. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said his country had “carried out enough reforms” to get an action plan for NATO membership, and “to deny that would be cynical hypocrisy”. In his opinion, the main obstacle to providing the MAP to Ukraine at the moment is the “unwillingness to send such a signal” to Russia.
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