Turkey: Russian oligarchy can continue to come to our country and do business. We do not participate in sanctions

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday after the invasion of Ukraine that Russian oligarchs could continue to trade in Turkey until they comply with Turkish law and international law.

“We are not participating in sanctions. We are only using what is determined by the United Nations. Russian citizens can certainly return to our country,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said in response to a question about the boats of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who landed in southwestern Turkey this week in Doha, Qatar.

“If you ask whether oligarchy groups can do business in Turkey, we (these demands) can assess whether they comply with law and international law,” he added.

Western nations, led by the United States and the European Union, have imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia since its occupation of Ukraine, listing oligarchy groups, including Roman Abramovich, and other close allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin as targets for retaliation. Many countries have confiscated the boats of rich Russians.

NATO member Turkey, which has close ties to Russia and Ukraine, has said it does not join Moscow’s sanctions, but said the Ukrainian invasion was “unacceptable” and sought to mediate between the two countries.

“In our country, we allow everything that is legal and nothing can be done illegally. My answer is very clear,” said Mawlud Kawzoklu, who responded to questions about Turkey’s possible involvement in sanctions against Russian oligarchs. “But if this is a situation contrary to international law, it is different,” he said.

“We need to come up with a solution that will allow both sides to find a decent way so that they can convince their public opinion and everyone in general,” the Turkish foreign minister said of the efforts to reach an agreement. Ceasefire.

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Turkey has held a high-level meeting between Russia and Ukraine since the outbreak of war in Antalya on March 10 and February 24, which was attended by Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Dmitro Kuleba.

Before meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. Turkey holds high-level meeting between Russia and Ukraine since the outbreak of war in Antalya on March 10, attended by foreign ministers Photo: Profimedia Images

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