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WorldUS: Turkey plays 'important role' holding Russia to account

US: Turkey plays ‘important role’ holding Russia to account

WASHINGTON

Turkey plays an “important role” in ensuring Russia is held to account for its war against Ukraine, US authorities said Monday ahead of a bilateral meeting of top diplomats.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on May 18 in Washington.

The US State Department said the upcoming meeting would be an “important element” of efforts to hold “Russia accountable for its war against the people, government, state of Ukraine.”

“It’s a long way off but I imagine there will be a very full agenda,” spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

“Together as a NATO ally and an important bilateral partner, there are various common interests we have with our Turkish partners.”

The US and Turkey on April 4 launched a strategic mechanism to further expand their bilateral cooperation.

In announcing the development, the US welcomed Turkey’s efforts “to facilitate a fair and negotiated diplomatic solution” to ending the war in Ukraine, the two countries said in a joint statement.

The two sides also emphasized their shared commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

However, there are a number of outstanding issues stressing the relationship between the NATO allies, including Turkey’s purchase of an advanced Russian anti-air system, and Ankara’s removal from the F-35 program.

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