Deepening economic ties between Turkey and Russia is a “cause of great concern”, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a letter to the European Union Parliament, the Funke Media Group reported today.
Also concerning is Turkey’s continued policy of “non-compliance with EU restrictive measures towards Russia”, he said in the letter.
Borrell pointed out, based on this information, that the EU and Turkey form a customs union, which guarantees the free movement of goods, which include “dual-use” goods, goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes.
“It is important that Turkey does not offer Russia any solution to the sanctions,” Borrell warned.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to speak with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts over the weekend to discuss “strengthening” the UN-sponsored Black Sea grain corridor deal.
The phone calls with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymir Zelensky come amid persistent issues over the July deal, negotiated by the United Nations and Turkey, that allowed Ukraine’s grain exports through the Black Sea corridor.
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