The Turkish president criticized the world for reacting to Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas.
Erdogan spoke about Russian aggression / photo from UNIAN
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the insufficient reaction of the world community to the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014 led to the current Russian aggression against Ukraine.
He said this at the opening ceremony of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum, Ukrinform reports .
“If the whole West and the whole world raised their voice against the invasion of Crimea in 2014, would we be faced with today’s picture? But those who were silent about the occupation of Crimea are already saying something. Does justice work in one part of this world and is not valid in another “What kind of peace is this? Unfortunately, the international community has not identified the necessary sensitivity and has not provided the necessary support to address this injustice,” he said.
The current aggression, according to the Turkish president, could have been prevented if diplomatic tools had previously been applied more effectively.
“Ukraine is left alone in its just struggle. Today, we are facing the devastating and painful consequences of problems that can be solved through diplomacy, if strong will is shown in time. When we see civilians leaving their homes, children filled with fear and anxiety, cities are in ruins, innocents are dying, our sadness is growing exponentially,” the Turkish president said.
He also stated that Russia’s war against Ukraine led to an aggravation of the problem with refugees.