Chances of reconciliation between Turkey and Russia may have gone down the drain as the latter just rejected any ideas to pursue such. Furthermore, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also recently accused Russia of equipping militants with anti-aircraft weaponry and rockets. Is another war brewing for Russia?
Turkey Accuses Russia of supplying weapons to PKK
According to Erdogan, Russia is providing weaponry to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Reports came from the local media saying that the president is accusing Moscow of transferring weaponry to the PKK via Iraq and Syria.
“At this moment, terrorists are using anti-aircraft guns and missiles supplied by Russia. The separatist terrorist organization is equipped with these weapons. They have been transferred to them via Syria and Iraq,” the pro-government Star newspaper quoted Erdogan via Reuters.
While some Turkish officials backed Erdogan’s claims, Russia countered that they should show proof.
Russia Does Not Want Reconciliation
Russia is not seemingly open to any reconciliation. According to the Moscow Times, the Kremlin just rejected a proposal on creating a working group that will focus on stabilizing the relations between Russia and Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu offered the proposal during the press conferences in Antalya.
“Putin said that he wanted us to take steps to resume our relationship. We also want our relationship to normalize,” said Cavusoglu. “We are proposing a joint working group to help us take those steps. We will be able to find a common path to normalization. It’s not an unsolvable problem.”
However, the Kremlin was quick to disagree.
“No working group can solve these problems. It is something that only the Turkish government can bring about,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “He [President Vladimir Putin] has made our position clear enough.”
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