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Lavrov calls on Turkey to appreciate Russian concern with Ukrainian militarization

U.S.A.Lavrov calls on Turkey to appreciate Russian concern with...

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MOSCOW, November 19 (EFE) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on his Turkish ally, Mevlut Kavusoglu, to take very seriously Moscow‘s concern about Ukraine‘s militarization for Turkish weapons and supplies to Western countries.
“He called on us to take as seriously as possible our concerns about Turkish-Ukrainian military cooperation, which, among other things, contribute to the further militarization of Ukraine,” the foreign ministry quoted Lavrov as saying in a statement.
Tensions in the region, and in particular Ukraine, were addressed “deeply” during the telephone conversation.
“On the Russian side, it was highlighted that Ukraine‘s course towards escalating tensions in the country’s southeast, prompted by Western partners, threatens an alarming destabilization of the situation,” the official note said.
Ukraine, which maintains good relations with Turkey, the main standard-bearer for the Tatar minority in the Crimean peninsula attached to Moscow, admitted in October to using a Turkish Bayraktar drone in the troubled Donbass region.
Despite Russian and Western criticism, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky supported the use of modern weapons to defend its position from attacks by pro-Russian militias, after which Kiev announced that it would acquire more drones in the future.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the West of “aggravating the situation with a supply of modern lethal weapons to Kiev” and conducting “provocative military exercises” in the Black Sea.
He also believed that Germany and France, the main mediators in the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass, provoked Kiev to violate the Minsk peace agreement, leading the talks to “a dead end”.
Ukraine‘s new Defense Secretary, Alexei Reznikov, described the meeting in Washington today with US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland as useful. EFE
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