Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu said his country continues to pursue a constructive policy of developing cooperation and dialogue in all fields as part of Ankara's strategic goal.
This was stated in a letter sent by the Turkish minister on Monday, on the occasion of "Europe Day", which falls on May 9 each year.
"The Day of Europe that we celebrate this year in the shadow of the Ukrainian war, we have once again seen how difficult and valuable it is to maintain peace," Çavuşoğlu said of the event.
The tragedy in Ukraine was a warning to all, he said, noting that what was happening in Ukraine was a reminder of the situation of the European continent in the 1940s.
The Russian-Ukrainian war, which would radically change the security structure established after the Cold War, would also be a turning point for the future of Europe.
Wars, hot conflicts, global uncertainty, climate change, terrorism and irregular migration have a major impact on Europe, he said.
"In addition, the phenomenon of racial discrimination, xenophobia and anti-Islamism contributes to the erosion of the culture of coexistence in the EUROPEAN Union and undermines the shared values on which Europe is built."
As a candidate for EU membership and a NATO ally, Turkey is the central country in resolving all these challenges facing Europe, Cavusoglu said.
"There are some segments within the EU that see Turkey as a competitor or even a threat, but we have made significant contributions and sacrifices to the stability and prosperity of the continent during and after the Cold War."
source: anadolu agence.