"As the Turkish Armed Forces, it is very important for us to be strong, and we must be prepared for any possible situation," said Turkish Minister of National Defense, Hulusi Akar, APA reports.
He said that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues: "Both countries are our sea neighbors and we have relations with both countries. We want this conflict to end soon, and ceasefire, peace, and tranquility to prevail in the region as soon as possible. We have done our best so far, including humanitarian aid, and will continue our support. Our non-compliance with sanctions in any form is not a matter for discussion. We are acting in accordance with UN sanctions. We also continue our contacts for the meeting of sides to discuss and ensure a ceasefire. "