Turkey supports Ukraine, but on the other hand is preparing to receive many tourists from Russia, the Ukrainian president said
In an interview with Greek television ERT, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was “offended” by Turkey for accepting Russian tourists to the country, the Turkish newspaper Haberler reported.
On the one hand, Turkey is acting as a mediator and supporting Ukraine with important steps, but on the other hand, we see that they are preparing to receive many tourists, especially from Russia. As President, I want to say that if we want to have friendly relations, this must not be allowed, because it means applying a double standard to Ukraine. This is not right. Are you for the truth or not? You have to make a choice, Zelenski said, Haberler said.
The ruling Justice and Development Party in Turkey reacted sharply to the statement, as the Ukrainian president has repeatedly spoken positively about Turkey’s role as a mediator in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
One of the most active members of the Justice and Development Party, Shamil Tayar, wrote an extremely angry message on Twitter, describing Zelensky as a “stupid comedian”.