Erdogan called Russia’s claims to Donbass and Crimea “unrealistic”

Kalin noted that the world does not recognize the annexation of Crimea, not even China.


The press secretary of the Turkish president, Ibrahim Kalin, considers Russia’s demands to recognize the annexation of Crimea and the independence of the “LPR” as “very maximalist” and “unrealistic.”

He spoke about this in an interview with CNN .

“These are red lines for Ukrainians in Crimea and Donbass. And rightly so, because it directly concerns the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We did not recognize the annexation of Crimea, like the whole world. Even China did not recognize the annexation of Crimea … They (the Russians) really worth coming up with some other ideas,” Kalin replied.

He added that Erdogan is maintaining an open line of communication with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to help achieve a ceasefire, especially with Russia.

When asked if Putin listens to Erdogan, Kalin replied that the presidents have a “long-standing relationship.”

“Of course, Russian President Putin listens to Turkish President Erdogan, to his advice, ideas and proposals. From their point of view, one can understand that they do not trust most NATO countries, they do not want to talk with them anymore, whether this is right or not. However, it is a reality that the Russian side has to be talked to by someone whom the Russians can also trust, otherwise this war could go on for months, years, and the world cannot afford another such protracted war. And, of course, we cannot afford another cold war,” Erdogan’s spokesman added.

Turkey offered itself as a mediator between Russia and Ukraine and held several meetings, including at the level of foreign ministers of both countries on March 10. The next round of negotiations will take place on March 29 in Istanbul.

According to a Financial Times source , Russia allegedly reduced its demands on Ukraine, excluding from them “denazification”, “demilitarization”, the status of the Russian language in Ukraine. However, the Russians continue to insist on not joining NATO in exchange for “security guarantees.”

In the West, they believe that Putin is not ready for compromises.

Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov , reported that Russia plans to continue its aggression until Ukraine satisfies its demands, one of which is to surrender.

(C)UNIAN 2022


  1. Considering NATO’s actions, or rather inaction, with Putin’s invasion they might get a temporary non-aligned status. That should be enough concession to accept “security guarantees” from Putin. They would never happen anyway and he certainly doesn’t deserve anything more than that.

  2. “very maximalist” and “unrealistic.”

    That’s diplomat speak. The truth is that mafia land’s demands are completely moronic, like everything else from this criminal regime. We’ll wait until a few ten thousand more orcs have been turned into dog food to see what demands the crime syndicate will have then.

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