President Erdogan proposes a summit between Putin and Zelensky in Turkey

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Vladimir Putin.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed on Tuesday to elevate the Istanbul peace process at the leadership level hosting a summit in Turkey between the presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to the Turkish presidency, Erdogan spoke to Putin by phone a few hours before the Russian leader met in Moscow with UN Secretary General António Guterres.

Erdogan assured that maintaining the “positive momentum” of the negotiations held in Istanbul between delegations of the opposing countries at the end of March would benefit both parties and it would open the way to a peace that is in everyone’s interest.

The Turkish president also pointed out the importance of a ceasefire in Ukraine and to ensure the effective functioning of humanitarian corridors, as well as safe evacuations of civilians.

Turkey, a NATO member country, maintains a neutral position in the face of the war against Ukraine and has not joined the Western sanctions against Russia. EFE

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