September 27, 2022

Erdogan and Zelensky discussed negotiations between Russia and Ukraine


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Turkey is ready to provide all necessary support in the framework of the negotiation process between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. This was announced on Sunday, April 24, by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“In the course of telephone conversations [with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky], the latest developments in the war between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as well as the negotiation process, were discussed. President Erdogan expressed his readiness to provide all possible assistance in the negotiation process and provide the necessary support, including a mediating role,” the Turkish leader’s office tweeted.

Erdogan also stated “the need to ensure the evacuation of the wounded and civilians from Mariupol, where the situation is deteriorating every day.”

On April 20, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that it was still difficult to talk about the timing of the meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky.

Director of the second department of the CIS countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Aleksey Polishchuk said that at present Russian-Ukrainian negotiations are accompanied by aggressive rhetoric from Kyiv. According to him, the position of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks still “wags from side to side.” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia handed over the draft document to Ukraine on April 15, but has not yet received a response.

On April 12, Putin announced that he had been informed of a new change in Kyiv’s position in the negotiations. The President noted that Ukraine has moved away from the Istanbul agreements and negotiations with it have returned to a deadlock. Prior to this, on April 5, Zelensky admitted that he would not meet with Putin, but indicated the need to find opportunities and take steps for dialogue.

On March 29, another face-to-face round of negotiations between the delegations of the Russian Federation and Ukraine took place in Istanbul.

Since mid-February, the situation in Donbass has deteriorated due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics turned to Moscow for help, after which the evacuation of civilians to the Russian Federation was organized. On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the republics, and on February 24 he announced the start of a special operation to protect Donbass.

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