: Turkish Ambassador explains why Ankara didn't join E.U. sanctions against Russia

15:07 Apr. 13, 2016

Turkish Ambassador explains why Ankara didn't join E.U. sanctions against Russia

Turkish flags are seen at the Historical Gallipoli field during the rehearsals of the ceremony which will be held for the 101st anniversary of Battle of Canakkale in Canakkale, Turkey on March 11, 2016 (Getty Images)

Yonet Tezel says the reason is 'to prevent being surrounded by countries that were sanctioned against by Turkey'

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Ukraine Yonet Tezel claims Turkey hadn't joined the sanctions against Russia because this is not an issue that solely relates to Russia.

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According to Tezel, Ankara's official position is avoidance of bordering countries that Turkey imposed sanctions on.

"If we impose sanctions every time other countries do, we will realize very soon that we are surrounded by countries against which we personally have imposed sanctions", - the diplomat explained.

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The Ambassador said even though Turkey didn't join the E.U. sanctions against Russia, it supports Ukraine in the conflict with that country.

He also stated that the Kremlin's tense relations with Ankara didn't impact Turkish government's decision not to put sanctions on Russia. "Even after Russia had imposed sanctions against us, we didn't respond in the same way. Our choice – we need to stay calm", he added

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