In his speech after the NATO Leaders’ Summit, President Erdoğan made remarkable statements regarding the war between Ukraine and Russia. Stating that the number of Ukrainians entering Turkey is approaching 60 thousand, President Erdoğan called for refugees to European countries as well. “We know very well from experience that the international community cannot protect refugees. European countries should support the refugees who come to their doorstep,” Erdogan said. said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the NATO Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit, which convened with the agenda of the Russia-Ukraine war. Standing in front of the cameras after the meeting, President Erdoğan said, “Ukraine and Russia are our two neighbors from the Black Sea. We have taken many steps to facilitate the negotiation process. We see with cautious optimism that progress has been made on some issues. Points in the negotiations.”
Here are the headlines from President Erdogan’s statements;
“NATO’S MESSAGE OF UNITY AND TOGETHER IS MEANINGFUL”
“As of today, the war between Ukraine and Russia has left its first month behind. As NATO allies, we have come together with current developments and at the level of alliance leaders. It is meaningful for NATO to give a message of unity and solidarity. Solidarity after the summit held on 25 February.
“OUR QUANTITY IS CLEAN”
We have stated that we do not and will not recognize the annexation of Crimea, and we continue to do so. Our stance against Russia’s attack on Ukraine is also clear with this principled stance. Destroyed cities, schools, houses, refugees who packed their entire existence into a suitcase reminded us once again of the bloody face of war. This war causes indelible traumas on women and children for years.
“WE FOLLOW THE NEGOTIATIONS CLOSE”
First of all, Ukraine and Russia are our neighbors from the Black Sea. As a country that has carried the burden of the war in Syria alone for the last 11 years, we have been working to ensure peace in the region. We closely follow and support the negotiations between the parties. We have taken many steps to facilitate the negotiation process. We see with cautious optimism that progress has been made at some points in the negotiations.
“WE ARE THE COUNTRY HOSTING THE MOST REFUGEES IN THE WORLD”
We are using the powers provided by the Montreux Convention to reduce the tension in the Black Sea. We sent humanitarian aid to the region with 56 trucks. We keep sending. The number of Ukrainians entering Turkey approached 60 thousand. Our official institutions such as AFAD and Kızılay work with great devotion in the field. For the last 8 years, we have been the country hosting the highest number of refugees in the world.
“SUPPORT TO REFUGEES COMING TO EUROPEAN DOOR”
We understand the difficulty our friends are in. We know from experience that the international community has failed to protect refugees. It should take support and responsibility for refugees coming to its door, especially European countries.”