Turkey offers to mediate negotiations between Russia and Ukraine | News
Two months into the conflict on Ukrainian territory this Sunday, the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his intention that his country be Ukraine’s security guarantor in the talks with Russia.
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According to the Turkish Presidency, the head of state had a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president, Vladimir Zelensky, and stated that he can collaborate in the process of talks in kyiv and Moscow, even as an intermediary.
“President Erdogan said that Turkey was ready to provide any help within its means and to offer any support, including mediation, during the negotiation process, and that the country had a positive opinion on the guarantee issue in principle,” underlined the Turkish Presidency.
The Turkish president also issued his views on the need for the evacuation of refugees in Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, where the authorities of this self-proclaimed republic declared on Saturday that Ukrainian nationalists had interrupted the evacuation of civilians in the port.
According to the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky “discussed the course of the negotiation process, coordination with other countries and security guarantees for his country. They raised issues related to defense capabilities as well as global food security,” he said from his Twitter account.
Similarly, the President of Turkey confirmed that he will also hold a dialogue with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
“We plan to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky again in these days. With this conversation, hopefully, we plan to continue the process in Istanbul at the level of leaders,” the Turkish head of state told local media.