Ukraine, Erdogan to Putin: “Referendum has increased tensions”
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Ukraine, Erdogan to Putin: “Referendum has increased tensions”

“The referendum in the Donbas on the annexation to Russia has exacerbated the tensions between Moscow and the West”. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not hide his concerns from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation in which the two leaders also spoke about Ukraine.

Erdogan believes that the Kremlin’s move risks triggering a third world war, which “would be catastrophic”. For his part, Putin reiterated his convictions, explaining that “everything was done in the name of transparency”.