European Union is annoyed by rapprochement of Russia and Turkey

Some EU countries, concerned about an increase in mutual trade in Russia and Turkey, requested additional information from Ankara regarding its relations with Moscow. This was reported on Tuesday by the newspaper Financial Times with reference to several Western sources

“This is our control. It is not great and is not perceived well by the European Union. It causes irritation,” said one of the unnamed officials of the EU, with whom the newspaper talked. The representative of the Turkish Ministry of Trade told Financial Times that we are not talking about “outstanding change” in the volume of trade with Moscow.

The publication itself comes to the same conclusion, which calls the general figures for the turnover relatively low. With reference to the statistics of the Turkish side, she writes that the volume of Turkey exports to the Russian Federation from May to July amounted to $ 2.04 billion, which is $ 642 million more than in the same period of 2021. In July, the volume of Russian exports was 75% more than a year earlier, reaching an indicator of $ 730 million

At the same time, the newspaper writes that Brussels understand the value of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an effective negotiator with his Russian colleague President Vladimir Putin. “This is Turkey, all [in the EU] needs it, for one or another reason the European Union must keep in mind its abilities, we cannot simply say to [Erdogan] that it should follow the rules,” said one European one on the condition of confidentiality to the newspaper. Officer.