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I trust Russia as much as the West – POLITICO


Russia and the West? No difference in my eyes, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday.

“To the extent that the West is reliable, so is Russia. “We have been waiting at the gates of the EU for 50 years, and at this moment I trust Russia just as much as I trust the West,” said Erdoğan, whose country is a member of the transatlantic army. of NATO. alliance — said in an interview.

Erdoğan’s comments on the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) followed a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Black Sea grain deal, which Putin withdrew from in July amid his deadly attack long-standing against Ukraine.

“Russia happens to be one of my closest neighbors. And we have a common history,” added the Turkish president.

Good political relations – with the EU, the US or Russia – are based on “win-win” calculations for Ankara and, therefore, Erdoğan added, it will continue to favor them all.

Last week, Erdoğan threatened to split from the EU, after a European Parliament report claimed that Ankara’s membership of the bloc – blocked for decades – should be halted due to the country’s record in matters of human rights and the rule of law.