Russia, invasion of Ukraine

Çavuşoğlu: ”The Russian attack on Ukraine is going to change the world”

The Turkish minister says that the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows that the world is now multipolar, and that it will change many things.

The Russian attack on Ukraine is going to change many things, and not only in Europe, but also in the whole world, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu assured yesterday during a conference on international mediation held in Istanbul, which was attended, among others, by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

Change is the main constant in international politics. What we need to do is realise and adapt to change”, Çavuşoğlu stressed during his speech, delivered hours after he mediated a meeting in Antalya between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers, which ended without any agreement between the two parties.

The Turkish minister assured that the euphoria that arose after the end of the Cold War “is long gone”, and that we now live in “a multipolar world” that is going to bring many changes. “The Russian attack on Ukraine is going to change a lot of things, not only in Europe, but all over the world,” he asserted.

“Conflicts are already increasing around the world”

“Conflicts are already on the rise around the world. About 2 billion people live in conflict zones,” Çavuşoğlu commented, adding that conflicts are also becoming more and more complicated.

“Unfortunately, the international system cannot adapt to the changing security environment and the new challenges that arise… And we are seeing all this once again with the armed conflict in Ukraine,” he explained. Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan himself has defended for years that “the world is greater than 5“, referring to the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, inherited from World War II and who have the right to veto over the rest of countries.

“Before remedying, we have to have a diagnosis of the real situation,” said Çavuşoğlu, who stated that he was neither “pessimistic” nor “optimistic, but rather “realistic” about the world situation and about the significant changes that events such as the Russian attack on Ukraine will bring. “Conflicts cause humanitarian tragedies, damage international stability, and increase mistrust in the international system,” insisted the minister.