NATO members don’t want an end to the Ukraine war, claims Turkish minister

Several NATO member states want to continue the war between Russia and Ukraine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and was quickly met with international backlash, including from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). World leaders have expressed concern over a lack of justification for the war – Putin claimed he should “liberate” the separatist Donbass region and rid Ukraine’s government of Nazis, even though its president Volodymyr Zelenskyy was Jewish – as well as reports of war crimes committed by he was committed by Russian troops.

NATO has stood firmly behind Ukraine, and many member states have offered humanitarian and military assistance to Kyiv to help them defeat Russia. Their support has allowed Ukraine to go on the offensive in Crimea and has weakened Russia’s military, as some experts have raised concerns that Putin may be turning his attention beyond Ukraine.

Turkey, despite being a member of NATO, has seceded from other member states in the months following the invasion as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aims to maintain an economic relationship with Russia, which he sees as favorable to his own country’s economy looks at As Erdoğan walks a fine line between maintaining this relationship and supporting Ukraine, he has often found himself at odds with other NATO member states.

NATO countries want to continue Ukraine war: Cavusoglu
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends the 13th Ambassadors’ Conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 8, 2022. Cavusoglu accused several NATO member states of not wanting the war between Russia and Ukraine to end on Tuesday.
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In an interview with the Haber Global TV channel, Cavusoglu said he believes the NATO countries do not want the war to end.

“There are countries in the West that want the war to continue, including NATO members,” he said, according to Russian media TASS. “I don’t just mean the USA, but also the NATO member countries.”

He went on to blast unnamed European countries he said wanted to “sabotage” a deal to support Ukrainian grain exports after months of harvests being blocked by Russian forces, stoking concerns about food shortages abroad. He added that the US was not among the countries trying to block the deal.

“But this was not the US that the US contributed [to the conclusion of the grain deal]including the lifting of restrictions on the export of Russian fertilizers, the opening of ports and [lifting restrictions] about banking transactions. But there were also European countries that wanted to sabotage it. We do not lose hope and continue our efforts,” he said.

He did not specify which countries he thinks want to prolong the conflict or why they would do so. It’s just the latest example of Turkey’s mid-war disagreement with NATO. For example, Turkey resisted the admission of Finland and Sweden to the organization before finally agreeing to let them join.

news week has asked NATO for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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