Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope that the situation in Ukraine will be resolved at the negotiating table, and considered it necessary to take steps to resume negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv in Istanbul
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to hold a meeting in Turkey with Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky. Erdogan stated this in an interview with Turkish media after a visit to Russia, TRT Haber TV channel reports.
“I once again reminded Mr. Putin that we can hold his meeting with Mr. Zelensky. We will continue to develop our dialogue with our Black Sea neighbor, Russia, in all areas in order to contribute to regional and global peace,— said the Turkish leader.
He expressed hope that, despite the difficulties, the Ukrainian crisis will be resolved at the negotiating table. Erdogan called the conclusion of a deal on the export of grain from Ukraine as an example of a positive result of the dialogue between Russia and Turkey and considered it necessary to take steps to return the parties to the negotiations in Istanbul.
Negotiations between Putin and Erdogan were held in Sochi on August 5, the meeting lasted about four hours. As a result, the presidents adopted a joint statement. They agreed to transfer part of the payment for Russian gas supplies to Turkey into rubles, to defend the sovereignty of Libya and the territorial integrity of Syria, and to fight terrorism on its territory together. The leaders of Turkey and Russia also called for the full implementation of the agreement on grain exports, including the supply of Russian food and fertilizers to the world market.
Moscow and Kyiv started talks on a peaceful settlement days after the launch of Russia's special operation in Ukraine. Their important stage was the meeting of the delegates of the two countries at the end of March in Istanbul, Putin called its results a “breakthrough”, but already in April he reported that the dialogue had stalled due to the departure of the Ukrainian authorities from the initial agreements. In mid-May, Moscow and Kyiv completely suspended negotiations.
At the end of July, Russia and Ukraine separately entered into an agreement with Turkey and the UN on the export of grain from three Ukrainian ports— Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. According to the document, representatives of Turkey and the UN will monitor the loading of grain, and check the ships at the entrance and exit— coordination center, which included Ankara, Moscow, Kyiv and the UN. The first cargo ship left the port of Odessa on August 1.
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