Turkish-Russian ties not an alternative to NATO, EU, says minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi, Russia December 29, 2020. [Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters]

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Turkey's relations with Russia are not an alternative to its ties with NATO and the European Union, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Russia on Tuesday.

His comments came after fellow NATO member Washington sanctioned Turkey over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defences, and the EU prepared punitive steps over Turkey's dispute with members Greece and Cyprus over Mediterranean offshore rights.