He repeated that Turkey is willing to act as a “mediator and facilitator”
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On Thursday, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, met with the President of Turkey and the Chief of the United Nations in an effort to bring an end to a conflict that has been going on for over six months. However, there was little reported in the way of quick improvement.
Turkish President Follows Up With Russia
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, said that he would follow up with Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, in light of the fact that the majority of the issues addressed would need the approval of the Kremlin.
Because the meetings were held at such a high level — it was the first visit to Ukraine by Erdogan since the beginning of the war, and it was the second by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres — some people had hoped for breakthroughs, if not toward an overall peace, then at least on specific issues.
However, there was no progress made on any of these fronts during the meetings. But there was no evidence of such.
Meeting in the city of Lviv in the western part of the country, which is located a significant distance from the front lines, the leaders discussed expanding exchanges of prisoners of war and arranging for U.N. atomic energy experts to visit and help secure Europe's largest nuclear power plant, which is in the middle of fierce fighting that has raised fears of a catastrophe.
Other topics of discussion included expanding exchanges of prisoners of war.
Erdogan has put himself in a position to mediate the attempts being made to put an end to the bloodshed.
Turkey is a member of NATO; but, its shaky economy is heavily dependent on Russia for trade, and Turkey has attempted to navigate a path that is in the midst of the conflict between Russia and the United States.
He repeated that Turkey is willing to act as “mediator and facilitator” and added, “I remain convinced that the war will end at the negotiating table.”
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