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NATO: We are watching the relationship between China and Russia

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Patrick Turner, NATO Under Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning, said on Sunday that the alliance is closely monitoring the relationship between Russia and China and is interested in knowing China’s position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This was the case in his speech at the Doha Forum, which continues its work for the second day in the Qatari capital.

Turner explained that the sanctions imposed on Russia will affect it if it cannot find a way out of these consequences.

Referring to China’s position, he said: “We do not encourage any side to provide support to a country that launched such an unjustified and unprovoked invasion by a neighboring country.”

Turner downplayed the possibility of the current conflict turning nuclear, but said: “We want President Vladimir Putin to stop threatening to use nuclear weapons, and we are concerned if we think about the long-term consequences of what he did. Russia”. in Ukraine, and we don’t want that to encourage other countries to have nuclear weapons and we are against this development and it should be closely monitored.

For his part, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said at the forum that his country seeks to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian crisis through dialogue, wants to be friends with everyone in the region and supports any positive initiatives, noting that the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, since the beginning of the crisis, has communicated with his Ukrainian counterparts Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin.

He added: “I have contacted the defense ministers of Russia and Ukraine for a ceasefire and to find a solution to evacuate civilians,” stressing that Turkey does not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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