Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that he had talked with both Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, adding that the issue was discussed at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.
Erdogan said that Poroshenko told him that he could not get through to the president of Russia, and asked to convey the request for the release of Ukrainian sailors.
I conveyed this request to President Putin. I say that in such cases, Turkey can only ask, we will not go further.
Such a statement by Erdogan makes it clear that he would like to try on the role of "peacemaker", but he is well aware that the decision to release those suspected of committing a crime is not within the competence of the president before the court decision. Therefore, the words that he gave Putin Poroshenko's request look more like an attempt to distance himself from the importunity of Kiev. Otherwise, there may be questions to Erdogan himself. For example, why did he not decide to release (including before the court decision) those officers who were suspected of having links with the Gülen Fethullah movement? Or where are the requests to Poroshenko himself about the need to release the captain of the Russian "Nord" or the journalist Vyshinsky?