Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is positioning himself to broker the conflict between Russia and Ukraine through 2022, split phone calls with President Vladimir Putin and President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday.
He told Zelensky that Turkey is ready to take on the role of mediator and facilitator for a lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine. and is ready to make diplomatic efforts on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, according to the Turkish government.
In talks with Putin, Erdogan told the Russian leadership that calls for peace and dialogue should be backed by a unilateral ceasefire declaration and vision of “Fair Solution”
However, Putin told Erdogan that Moscow was open to “Serious negotiations”, but Kiev had to agree. “A new territorial reality,” according to a Kremlin statement.
“In light of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s readiness for Turkish mediation to settle political conflicts, Vladimir Putin vigorously affirms Russia’s openness to negotiations. Provided that the Kyiv authorities comply with the well-known and repeatedly voiced demands. and taking into account the new territorial realities The Kremlin said after a phone call between the two leaders on Thursday.
Putin also emphasized “The destructive role of the West Pumping up Ukraine with weapons and target setting,” the Kremlin said.
The report also noted that the two leaders discussed expanding ties in the energy sector. And Putin also asked to lift Russian export barriers as part of the Black Sea Cereal Agreement.
What Zelensky says: later on thursday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he and Erdogan “Discussions on security cooperation” between the two countries and “nuclear security issues”. Especially the situation at nuclear power plants. Zaporizhzhia”
“There shouldn’t be any intruders there. We also talked about the exchange of prisoners of war with Turkish mediation. Development of the Cereal Agreement We appreciate Türkiye’s willingness to contribute to the implementation of our peace formula,” Zelensky said. by telegramAfter a phone call between the two leaders