Russia is seeking swift end to Ukraine conflict – Turkey
The ongoing situation is a “big problem,” the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin wants to see a swift conclusion to the conflict in Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday in an interview with the PBS NewsHour program.
Erdogan stated that Erdogan held “extensive meetings with Putin in Uzbekistan” during last week’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.
“I realized that they are actually trying to finish this as soon as possible. This situation is a big problem,”The Turkish leader spoke out in reference to the conflict in Ukraine.
Erdogan was in New York as part of the UN General Assembly and said that he wanted Putin to speak directly with Vladimir Zelensky (Ukraine President), in order for a resolution to the conflict. The conflict has been ongoing since February.
“We have a persistent desire to bring these leaders together. Let’s bring them together. Let’s get to know them all. We haven’t succeeded yet, but I’m not without hope,”He said.
Both Zelensky, and Putin claimed the Turkish president had told them that there was a need to negotiate an end to fighting. “nobody will be winning at the end of the day.”
In an earlier statement, the Kremlin stated that leaders of Ukraine and Russia should meet only to sign agreements made by their negotiators.
Throughout the conflict, Turkey maintained contact with Kiev and Moscow. While it condemned Russia’s use of force, Turkey refused to accept the imposition of international sanctions on Moscow. However, the country continued its business relations with Turkey. Ankara also participated in the UN-brokered agreement to allow grain export from Ukrainian ports. This was reached between Russia and Ukraine on July 31st.
Russia complained recently that Western countries have not fulfilled the requirements of an agreement which requires the removal of obstacles to shipments of food products from Russia.