Erdogan: West will pay heavy price over attempts to isolate Russia
In reference to the ongoing and unjust policy of isolating Russia, the Turkish leader stresses that "the price will be endless."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Europe will pay a high price for its policy of isolating Russia.
"The price will be endless. And this price is increasingly being paid by Europe, and with it Poland," Erdogan said via Russian broadcaster Russia 1 today.
Erdogan's statements followed recent claims issued by NATO that Russian strikes were responsible for what happened in Poland.
On November 16, the Turkish leader said data shows Russia was not responsible for the missile that landed in Poland.
"It is important for us that Russia said: 'We have nothing to do with it.' In addition, [German Chancellor Olaf] Scholz said at our morning meeting that this incident should be investigated in detail. It is also important that [US President Joe] Biden denied that the rocket belonged to Russia," Erdogan told reporters on the G20 sidelines.
BREAKING: 🇹🇷🇵🇱🇷🇺 - Turkey's President Erdogan says Poland missile incident ‘has nothing to do with Russia" and should be investigated further. pic.twitter.com/yyGaN6ufPm— Politix LIVE (@Politix_LIVE) November 16, 2022
On November 12, Erdogan said the West, with particular emphasis on the US, was "attacking Russia almost without restrictions," yet Moscow was persevering nonetheless.
"Russia is not an ordinary state, it is a powerful state. Of course, the West, led by the US, attacks Russia almost without restrictions. In the face of all this, Russia, of course, is resisting. We are also trying to figure out how we can open a corridor for peace from here... We believe that the best way to do this could be from dialogue to peace," Erdogan told reporters, adding that the special military operation was a response to the threat Russia feels from the eastward expansion of NATO bases and nations.
On November 18, Erdogan stressed that the meeting between US and Russian intelligence that took place in Ankara on Monday played a “key role” in preventing unrestrained escalation in the region - referring to the missile incident in Poland.
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