Kalashnikov: Russia will refuse to help Turkey if Erdogan raises the issue of the return of Crimea if the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again raises the topic of the return of Crimea. So Leonid Kalashnikov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS and Eurasian Integration Affairs, answered the idea of the Turkish leader to become a mediator between Moscow and Kiev in an interview with Gazeta.Ru.
According to him, if Turkey calls on Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements , Russia will only be in favor. However, the condition for such contacts, negotiations and decisions will still be the fulfillment of these obligations by Kiev. “If this is a trick that will allow Ukraine to leave and start a conversation about Crimea, then there is no need to get involved, but generally talk,” Kalashnikov emphasized.
He recalled that relations between Russia and Turkey is of a partnership nature, at the same time there are disagreements between them on the issue of Crimea's ownership. In turn, Moscow considers Ankara's position unacceptable, the politician concluded.
Earlier, Erdogan said that Turkey is ready to become a mediator in relations between Russia and Ukraine on the settlement of a potential conflict in the region. The head of state noted the importance of this fact for Turkey because of concern for the fate of the “Crimean Turks” – the Crimean Tatar people.