“Erdogan is playing his game”: why the Turkish leader is inciting Ukraine and Russia to negotiate
Turkey supports peace talks between Ukraine and Russia and is publicly trying to persuade both states to agree to them. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing his game here.
Political scientist Valery Dymov told Channel 24 about this. According to him, Recep Tayyip Erdogan first of all cares about his own welfare and the interests of Turkey. Therefore, it is not surprising that he chose the most advantageous position for him.
Ukraine cannot negotiate with Russia
As Dymov notes, Russia's goal in this war is the destruction of Ukraine, and the good of Ukraine is the death of Russia. There isn't much room for compromise here. Ukraine has no one to negotiate with.
There can be no good in the fact that we will negotiate with Russia, which does not want to see us as an independent country. Let's also remember what the occupiers are doing in the temporarily occupied territories. It's not Putin who does it personally… But Erdogan is playing his game,” Dymov said.
As the political scientist noted, Erdogan has his own interests. While Putin is seriously “mired” in the war against Ukraine, he pushed Russia out of Syria and actually defeated the “Wagnerites” in Libya.
In addition, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met without Russia , but with the mediation, in particular, Erdogan. He is gradually pushing Russia out of its zones of influence.
Recall that on October 7, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. During the conversation, the Turkish leader stressed that he was ready to contribute, as noted in his office, “to a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian issue for the benefit of all.”
The last time they talked was at the end of September. Then Erdogan and Putin talked about a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Turkish leader noted the successful exchange of prisoners in the conversation.
Let us add that six commanders from Azovstal, who were released from Russian captivity, are now in Turkey. Erdogan stressed that they are “guests of Turkey”.