The meeting of the Turkish and Russian foreign ministers, which is taking place in Antalya, will be presented by Russian propaganda as an attempt to jointly “resolve” the Ukrainian issue, in fact, without taking into account the opinion of the Ukrainian side. The Kremlin will portray the following meeting with Ukraine’s top diplomat Dmytro Kuleba as mere formality. Russia is trying in this way to create a sort of a Russian-Turkish negotiating platform, so as not to turn Ankara into the ultimate political antagonist as the rest of Europe, which condemned the war the Kremlin had unleashed in Ukraine. The counternarrative is “being close to someone doesn’t mean being together.” Ankara applies the classic principle of “there are no permanent allies, there are permanent interests” and is ready to talk with Russia, but only in the light of Turkey’s articulated national interests, which at the moment are in line with those of Ukraine, while running counter to Russia’s policy. Turkey simply provided time and space for negotiations with the prospect of their further development. Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to restore Turkey’s greatness, and this would only be possible with the simultaneous weakening of Russia.