Only NATO and US could mediate Russia-Turkey relations (exclusive)

Türkiye Materials 10 February 2016 15:18 (UTC +04:00)
Only NATO and the US can mediate between Russia and Turkey.

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10

By Orkhan Guluzade - Trend:

Only NATO and the US can mediate between Russia and Turkey, ex-Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus Hakkı Atun told Trend.

Despite controversy on some issues between the US and Russia, the US authorities are very careful in dealing with it, which reflects the settlement of the Syrian crisis, according to him.

Atun noted that Russia's military actions in Syria, as well as the controversy between Turkey and the US on the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria complicates the situation in the region.

"All it shows that Turkey is stuck in a deadlock in the settlement of the Syrian crisis," said Atun.

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey soured after a Russian SU-24 violating Turkish airspace was intercepted and shot down on Nov. 24, 2015 by Turkish F-16 fighters. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and economic measures against Turkey.