Russia believes that Erdogan supports Ukraine in verbal only

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will unlikely advance beyond the protocol words about supporting the claims of Ukraine to Crimea, because he does not want to risk the repairing relationship with Russia. This opinion was expressed by first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Franc Klincevič.

“Of course, Erdogan will hardly advance beyond the protocol words about supporting Ukraine. He understands perfectly well, than in this case he risks the Russian-Turkish relations that start repairing,” said Klincevič.

“But words are not always only words. We’ve got another confirmation that our “friendship” with Turkey has certain limits and is conditional enough,” added the Senator and expressed confidence that the Russian Foreign Ministry “had already kept its eye out for Erdogan’s statement and made adequate conclusions.”

Earlier, the Press Service of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Erdogan had pointed to his firmness to support Kiev on the issue of the status of Crimea at a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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