, Dec 8 () –
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered to mediate between the governments of Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday in an attempt to curb the escalation of tensions that has recently occurred between the parties due to the deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.
Erdogan’s words come after US President Joe Biden and his allies threatened to take “strong” action in response to what they see as a Moscow attack on Ukrainian territory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed NATO for trying to strengthen relations with Kiev, something that would have upset him. Moscow has insisted on the need for Washington to ensure that the military alliance is not made with new members or deploys weapons systems to areas near its borders.
“We are ready to give our greatest support to reduce tensions between Russia and Ukraine and try to establish a channel for dialogue between the parties,” he said, according to information from the Bloomberg news agency.
Thus, he has clarified that “with the consent of the two parties”, Turkey can “offer mediation in support of any desired format”. Biden, for his part, has insisted that he can send more weapons to Ukraine in case the territory comes under attack.