Moscow sees Ankara as 'Trojan Horse' for mediation in Ukrainian

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There are no difficulties between Moscow and Kiev, but between Moscow and the US, Moscow and NATO, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said when asked about Turkey's ability to mediate positively between Kiev and Moscow.

"Turkey in this case is a NATO country and it is likely that the Americans, among other things, will consult with Turkey, which is an ally of the United States," said the Kremlin spokesman.

He added that "the Alliance countries have different positions vis-à-vis Russia."

"There are [NATO] countries that have positions that are extremely unfriendly to us, while there are also countries that, on the contrary, consistently follow the line of dialogue and the resolution of all problems through diplomacy and have tendency to take into account Russia's real concerns," the spokesperson said.

"Such countries are undoubtedly capable of making a very positive contribution to this process, " he said.

According to the Russian state news agency TASS, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had earlier stated that tensions between Russia and NATO has reached a "dangerous level."

The Turkish head of diplomacy also said that his country will not ignore its close relations with "Ukraine for the sake of its extensive relations with Russia alone."

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