Turkey claimed that it disapproves the EU sanctions against Russia on the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed this as European Truth reported citing Hurriyet Daily News.
'Turkey earlier suffered from the sanctions a lot. The sanctions against our neighbors and partners seriously harmed our economy. So, when we hear about the sanctions we do not unwisely rush around. We think over whether we can find another ways to solve the problem or not', Cavusoglu said.
He explained that it is the reason that the country did not join the sanctions against Russia and Turkey prefers to hold the dialogue.
'As you can see, Russia and the US attempt to impose the sanctions against each other. The EU thinks over the measures against the US on the basis that the sanctions will also influence the EU. And we will try to solve the problem using the dialogue to prevent anything to harm our economy', he emphasized.
The European Union imposed the sanctions against 150 people and 37 companies from Ukraine and Russia due to the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the East of Ukraine in March 2014. The sanctions were prolonged for many times and the last time they were prolonged until September 15, 2017.
Also, the EU countries support the extension of the anti-Russian sanctions due to the supply of the Siemens gas turbines to occupied Crimea. The public officer of the EU Embassy to Ukraine David Stulik reported that the sanction will be lifted under the condition of the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.