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Erdogan suggests hosting Putin-Zelensky meeting in Turkey

The Turkish president will ask his Russian counterpart, in a phone call to be made on Sunday, that Vladimir Putin “put an immediate end to the war” and will offer to host negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, his spokesman announced today.

Erdogan “will convey the message that we have been repeating since the beginning: we must end this war immediately, give a chance to the ceasefire and negotiations, establish a humanitarian corridor and carry out the evacuations”, said the Turkish presidency spokesman. , Ibrahim Kalin, in an interview with the Turkish private channel NTV.

The Turkish president will also call for talks “at the level of the leaders” between Russia and Ukraine, which “may take place in Turkey”, said the spokesman.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu expressed on Friday the hope of being able to bring his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts together at the Diplomacy Forum, which will take place between 11 and 13 March in Antalya, in southern Turkey.

According to Turkish media, Cavusoglu’s invitation was positively received by the Russian ambassador to the UN, Gennady Gatilov, who described a possible meeting of the two ministers in Antalya as a “good idea”.

According to Cavusoglu, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, has already confirmed his participation in the Forum.

“We believe that these meetings will have a positive impact. In particular, a meeting at the leadership level could prevent the war from causing even more destruction”, said Kalin, adding that Turkey is ready to host a meeting of this level.

A NATO member and Ukraine ally, Turkey also has close ties with Russia.

According to Kalin, Russia is setting “unrealistic” conditions to end the conflict, but “there are negotiations and diplomacy for that. (…) We have good relations with both Ukraine and Russia and we cannot renounce any of the countries”, he concluded.

Source: with agencies

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