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Turkey's position on arms supplies to Ukraine is cautious, as the country does not want to interfere with the peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow. This was stated in an interview with The Wall Street Journal by the head of the defense industry in the presidential administration of Turkey, Ismail Demir.
The Turkish official noted that Ankara appreciates its status as a negotiator in the unfolding conflict.
"Turkey — the only country that I believe can call both sides and urge them to sit down at the peace negotiating table. How can this be achieved if you send tens of thousands of weapons to one of sides?", — he said.
At the same time, Demir did not directly answer the question about whether Turkey will continue to supply Ukraine with weapons such as the Bayraktar UAV, which Kyiv received even before the start of Russian aggression.
“Something's going on… I can't tell, but we've become more careful,” — he said, adding that Turkey's priority in this conflict is “the triumph of peace.”
Prepared by: Sergey Daga