French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday urged his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to push again towards makes an attempt to dodge sanctions imposed on Russia over its conflict in Ukraine.
Macron “underlined the significance of the European sanctions regimes in stopping Russia’s escalation, and known as to struggle any circumvention methods”, the French presidency mentioned after talks on the sidelines of a summit in Prague.
There was concern in Europe and the US that Turkey — which has not imposed sanctions on Moscow — is getting used as a haven for these seeking to keep away from the Western measures.
Turkish commerce with Russia has exploded in the course of the conflict in Ukraine to rising irritation from Washington, which worries Russian oligarchs and massive companies are utilizing Turkish entities to evade sanctions.
Ankara final month bowed to strain from the US by confirming that the final three banks nonetheless processing Russian card funds had been pulling the plug.
The choice adopted weeks of more and more blunt warnings from Washington for NATO member Turkey to both restrict its financial relations with Russia or face the specter of sanctions itself.
The EU on Friday imposed an eighth wave of sanctions on Russia within the newest battery of its unprecedented financial punishment of Moscow for the reason that invasion in February.