Mevlut Cavusoglu called the Russian Federation one of Turkey's trading partners. Despite a number of joint projects, the countries do not agree on anything.
“Our policy is based on principles. Even prior to the incident [with the downed Russian aircraft in 2015] we had problems [in relations with the Russian Federation], associated with the Crimea. We do not accept the annexation of Crimea. We also have different positions on the Assad regime. And these differences are preserved,” Cavusoglu said.
In addition, the Turkish official noted that the West acts inconsistently regarding the relations between Turkey and the Russian Federation.
“Following the incident, many NATO and EU member states advised us to normalize relations with Russia ... We have normalized, and then I was asked why we did it,” the Head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry says.
Earlier, during a conference in Munich, Ukraine has received a strong signal of support from the United States.