Washington Refutes Involvement in Turkey-Ukraine Transfer of Azov Leaders: Ask Erdogan

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan denied any connection by Washington with the transfer of the leaders of the Azov terrorist battalion from Turkey to Ukraine and considered that the question should be addressed to Erdogan.

Asked at a press conference on Sunday about the Turkish President’s motives in making the decision and whether he intended to “send a signal to Putin” in this way, Sullivan said: “To be honest, I’m not going to analyze his motives. it would be more correct to ask this question directly to President Erdogan.

“We did not participate in this and cannot talk about what Erdogan wants to achieve in this way,” he added.

Last Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the return to his country with five leaders of the Azov terrorist battalion who were in Turkey, and met with Erdogan on Friday.

In turn, the Kremlin, commenting on the return of the leaders of the Azov terrorist battalion to Ukraine, expressed Moscow’s understanding of the pressure Turkey is subjected to in the context of preparations for the NATO summit to be held in Vilnius.

Commenting on Ankara’s decision to transfer the leaders of the Azov terrorist regiment to Kiev, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “This violation of existing agreements is directly related to the failure of the Ukrainian counterattack, and that the forces of the Kiev regime face setbacks every day.”

Source: TASS

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