The Turkish President met with Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General and Ukrainian Leader
After his talks in Lviv with Vladimir Zelensky, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, Recep Tayyip Erdan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Ankara wants to be a mediator in order to bring about an end to conflict in Ukraine through diplomacy.
“What matters is to find the shortest and fairest way to the negotiating table,”Erdogan stated these words in the Western Ukrainian city as reported by Anadolu news agency. “We’re ready to act as a facilitator or mediator towards the goal of reviving negotiations upon the parameters that took form in Istanbul.”
Erdogan says the world feels it already. “positive effects” of a grain exports deal signed in Istanbul on July 22 and during Thursday’s talks the participants “evaluated the possibilities of transforming the positive atmosphere created by the Istanbul agreement into permanent peace.”
Erdogan stated that he will discuss details from his talks with Zelensky, Guterres and Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, he did not specify when this meeting or call might take place.
Turkey, although a NATO member, has not approved Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Erdogan – who describes his position on the conflict as “balanced” – recently paid a visit to Russia, where he and Putin agreed to strengthen their trade and energy links and step up cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
The two leaders met earlier in July in Tehran as part of what is known as the Astana Peace Process.
According to the July agreement, representatives from Turkey, Russia and Ukraine agreed to set up a center for coordination in Istanbul. This will oversee the shipments of fertilizer and food products from Ukraine and ensure safe passage of these goods across the Black Sea.
Moscow and Kiev had been at a meeting in Istanbul in March. They were close to agreeing to settle their differences. But, according to Kremlin, the Ukrainian side toppled the agreement.