President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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Several world leaders with strong Russian ties have recently rebuked Putin over his war.
It demonstrates that even semi-allies are willing to snub him over his aggression in Ukraine.
India’s Modi, China’s Xi, and Turkey’s Erdoğan have all made stinging public comments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he is escalating his Ukraine invasion by bringing in reservists came after rebukes from a number of countries with strong ties to Russia.
Sanctions and moral condemnation from Western and other major powers had left Russia largely isolated on the world stage.
But Putin had been at least partially shored up by months of support — or at least a lack of action — from some leaders.
Major powers like China and India have offered Russia some lifelines by refusing to enact sanctions and buying up Russian energy.
Turkey has also a walked tightrope. It declined to sanction Russia, and gave Russia’s sanctioned oligarchs safe harbor, even as it condemned the war.
And pariah states like North Korea and Iran have been willing to supply munitions to Russia.
But new signals in the run up to Putin’s latest escalation suggest that even his tentative allies are ready to pressure Putin to end his aggression.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told PBS News Hour in an interview published Monday that Russia should not just retreat from the lands invaded it since February 24, but it should also “return Crimea to its rightful owners.”
It’s not a new sentiment — Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, has a significant population of Tatars, a group with ties to Turkey.
But the words come weeks after Ukraine’s president made returning Crimea a key condition of peace with Russia.
Erdoğan also outright condemned the war, saying: “No invasion can be justified.”
On Monday, it also emerged …read more
Source:: Business Insider