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Erdogan urges Russia not to invade Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a joint news conference following six-hour talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, on March 5, 2020. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a joint news conference following six-hour talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, on March 5, 2020. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns Russia against invading Ukraine, calling the former Soviet republic a “powerful” country with international friends.

“You cannot handle these things by saying ‘I will invade something, I will take it,'” Turkish media quotes Erdogan as saying. “I don’t see Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a realistic approach because it is not an ordinary country. Ukraine is a powerful country.”

More than a week of negotiations between Russia and the West have done little to ease worries raised by the massing of tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders.

Ukraine, the United States and the European Union have all raised deep concerns over the Russian troop buildup, despite repeated denials from Moscow that an invasion is planned.

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