Russian Foreign Minister warns Turkey to supply military drones to Ukraine

UMMATIMES - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Turkey and other countries against pushing for "strengthening militarism" in Ukraine.

Lavrov said this after meeting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo, Monday (12/4/2021). Lavrov's warning is aimed at preventing bloodshed from involving Turkey.

"We urge all responsible countries with whom we communicate, including Turkey, to analyze the situation and always the regime's fiery statements in Kiev, and we warn them against encouraging militarism (in Ukraine)," Lavrov said. Russia and Ukraine, backed by the United States and NATO, are locked in a continuing dispute over the regional conflict in Donbas and Luganks between local groups and the Kiev military.

The Russian military is increasing its presence on the border with Ukraine, fueling fears of a full-scale war on the border. Quoted by Al Masdar News Network, Tuesday (13/4/2021), Lavrov specifically pointed to Ankara, which was lobbied by Ukraine to supply military drones to Kiev. President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky recently visited Turkey.

At the end of his talks with Zelensky, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said military cooperation between Ankara and Kiev was not aimed at third countries.

The Turkish company Baykar, which specializes in drone technology, said Ukraine bought a number of Bayraktar drones. The Bayraktar drone proved effective in the war battlefield in Nagorno Karabakh. Azerbaijan reclaimed the territory from Armenian hands, thanks to the full support of Turkey.

The full-scale war in southeastern Ukraine will threaten Russia's security. The Kremlin has promised action to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe from occurring. The crisis, according to President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, could raise a compelling reason for Moscow to intervene to prevent the situation from worsening.

Peskov last weekend revealed that there had been a series of worrying escalations in the past few days between Kiev forces and separatist militants in Donbass. "The situation on the line of contact in Ukraine is very unstable," he said. "The dynamics of the development of these circumstances, and the behavior of the Ukrainian side, create the danger of resuming full-scale hostilities."

The Kremlin spokesman added that such an outbreak would pose a threat to Russian security. If hostilities continue, Peskov said, “no country in the world will stand by. All countries, including Russia, will take action to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. "

The official also echoed Putin's claim there was a potential "human catastrophe, similar to Srebrenica." The massacres in Serbia are widely considered to be one of the bloodiest episodes of the postwar period, which took place at the height of the Bosnian War, amid the outbreak of Yugoslavia.

On Thursday, Russia's Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Dmitry Kozak, said Russia would be forced to protect residents of the Donbass region if Kiev launched an all-out offensive on the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

“Everything depends on the scale of the battle that will occur. If there is, said the President, there is Srebrenica, we are forced to defend ourselves, "he said.

American and Russian diplomats held emergency talks earlier this week in a bid to prevent conflict in the region. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said he was in contact with the US government regarding the situation in Donbass.

He added that Western countries' rhetoric over Ukraine has fueled tensions, and Washington should be concerned about the consequences of this coordinated policy.

At the same time, US State Department spokesman Ned Price warned Washington had seen credible reports of Russia mobilizing troops near the border. However, Peskov denied the deployment of the armed forces was a precursor to war, saying it should not cause "the slightest concern" to any neighboring country. This is because Russia does not pose a threat to any country in the world, including Ukraine. Rather, he claims it is simply a response to increased activity by the armed forces of NATO countries, and their allies.