Erdogan says Turkey is against any NATO decision against Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s position opposing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying he was also against any NATO decision violating Russia’s territorial integrity.

“Peace cannot be reached from a one-sided view,” Erdogan said at a meeting of his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Central Executive Board (MYK), BBC Turkce reported on Wednesday citing unidentified party officials.

Russia's concerns about its border security should also be taken into account, Erdogan told the MYK members during a briefing of a phone call he held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday.

Turkey is prepared to make any contribution necessary for a rapid and peaceful solution in the conflict in Ukraine, Erdogan told Putin, according to a statement by his office. He reiterated a call for urgent steps towards a peace treaty, the office said.

Erdogan said he repeated an invitation to Putin to visit Turkey, BBC Turkce reported citing AKP officials.

Turkey has resolved a last-minute snag regarding a meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine planned for Antalya, Turkey on Thursday, he said.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry was poised to pull out but Turkey intervened and persuaded it to recommit, Erdogan said.

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