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Russia comments on Turkish FM words EU is to blame for Ukraine, Georgia crises

May 31, 16:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The EU should realize that it cannot talk the language of ultimatums to Turkey like it did with Ukraine and Georgia, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

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MOSCOW, May 31 /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday that the words of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu about the European Union’s policy towards Ukraine and Georgia confirmed that the "western partners" were to blame for the crises in Ukraine and Georgia.

"It may be interesting for those who refused to believe that the Ukraine crisis and the 2008 war in Georgia had been provoked by the unintelligent policy of western partners. I do not think that anybody is going to suspect the Turkish foreign minister of pro-Russian views. No. It’s a different thing," Zakharova wrote on her page in Facebook on Tuesday.

"The European Union should realize that it cannot talk the language of ultimatums to Turkey like it did with Ukraine and Georgia. The European Union should understand that it can’t behave itself this way with Turkey. ‘Either you are with us or not’ - that was what they told Ukraine," Zakharova quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

The Turkish foreign minister also said that Georgia had lost two of its regions due to the EU policy and had called on the EU to give up such an approach.

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