Erdoğan: I won’t change our relations with Russia and other countries if I re-elected


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday, that if he wins the presidential elections, he intends to maintain the same policy in relations with Russia and other countries as before.

Erdoğan added in a televised interview, “The policy of siding with one country at the expense of another, as they do in the Republican People’s Party, doesn’t exist in our principles”.

He continued, “To this day, we have adhered to the containment policy with all countries – with Russia, the United States, China and all Western countries, we have maintained continuous relations”.

He explained: “As the president of Türkiye, I don’t allow myself to feel angry… I’ve had meetings with everyone in the best possible way and I’ll continue to do so because it is beneficial for our country”.

Erdoğan explained by saying, “When you lose one country, you lose”.

The Turkish presidential candidate from the opposition, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, had earlier accused Russia of trying to interfere in the Turkish presidential elections.

For its part, the Kremlin denied these accusations, stressing that Moscow doesn’t interfere in the domestic politics and electoral processes of other countries.

While Erdoğan called Kılıçdaroğlu to be ashamed after his statements about Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential elections.

On Monday, the Supreme Electoral Commission in Türkiye announced that the run-off will be held on May 28, as no presidential candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the first round of the elections.

Erdoğan advanced with 49.51%, his rival Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu got 44.88%, and Sinan Oğan an, the third candidate, got 5.17%.

After the second round of voting between Erdoğan and Kılıçdaroğlu, the candidate who receives the largest number of electoral votes will be the next Turkish president, according to Turkish law.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the people confirmed their confidence in him after he advanced in the first round by winning the largest number of votes in the presidential elections, but his rival, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, still believes that he can win.

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