Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu insisted that despite the warming of relations with Russia, two countries still have differences on key issues, including Crimea. He said this during a speech at the Munich security conference, reports Evropeiska Pravda
"Russia is our trade partner, we have a lot of joint projects, but it does not mean that we agree with it in all issues," said Çavuşoğlu.
According to him, the political relations between Turkey and the Russian Federation are based on somee principles. "Even before the incident (downed Russian plane in 2015 - ed.) we had problems (in relations with Russia - ed.), associated with Crimea. We did not accept the annexation of Crimea. We have different positions with regard to the Assad regime, and these differences remain," he explained.
At the same time Çavuşoğlu reproached European partners for the inconsistency regarding the relations Turkey - Russian Federation. "After the incident, many NATO and EU member states have advised us to normalize relations with Russia ... We have normalized them, and after that they started to ask why we did it," he added.