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Turkey has no plans to impose sanctions on Russia at this point as the country does not want its strong economic ties with Moscow to be damaged, Ednews reports citing Yeni Safak.

Kalin participated in British journalist Becky Anderson's program on CNN International and made assessments of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Turkey’s economic ties with Russia include sectors such as energy, tourism and agriculture.

Kalin emphasized that Turkey wants to remain in a dialogue with Russia as a more important factor in avoiding the sanctions decision.

Stating that officials from Western countries have also conveyed to Turkish authorities the importance of Turkey staying in touch with Russia, Kalin said: "Some of us need to stay in touch with Russia and encourage them to return to the negotiating table."

He expressed great concern over the developments in Ukraine, emphasizing: "It would be a big mistake for Russia to continue to attack diplomacy and negotiation without giving it a chance.”

Asked if there is a risk of a nuclear attack, Kalin stressed that it would be disastrous if this possibility occurred, noting that NATO responded “coolly” to this rhetoric of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and this is the right approach.

He recalled that what is needed is to calm tensions and hopes that the nuclear threat will remain only at the level of rhetoric.

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