Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he trusts Russia as much as he trusts the West, APA reports citing Al Jazeera.
In his recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said he failed to get him to restart the Black Sea grain deal after Moscow withdrew from the agreement in July.
But in an interview with the US broadcaster PBS in New York, where the Turkish leader is attending the United Nations General Assembly, Erdogan said, “I have no reason not to trust them [Russia]”.
“To the extent the West is reliable, Russia is equally reliable. For the last 50 years, we have been waiting at the doorstep of the EU and, at this moment in time, I trust Russia just as much as I trust the West.”