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Erdogan to make renewed Ukraine peace push – RIA

The Turkish leader will reportedly insist on an a ceasefire and call for negotiations between Moscow and Kiev

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will offer to mediate in a bid to end the Ukraine conflict during his upcoming face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, RIA Novosti reported on Monday, citing a source in the Turkish government.

According to the news agency, Erdogan plans to reiterate “the thesis that there will be no winners in the war, and no losers in the peace process” when he meets Putin. He also intends to call for a ceasefire and the beginning of negotiations between Moscow and Kiev.

RIA’s source also noted that the Turkish leader was “the only world leader” who enjoys the “sincere trust” of both Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. He regularly maintains contact with both and “does everything to bring peace to the region.”


Since the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict in February 2022, Türkiye has emerged as one of the key mediators between Moscow and Kiev, having hosted peace talks between the two sides in March 2022. However, negotiations have since broken down as Ukraine insists on pushing Russia out of all territories it claims as its own before any further talks can be held.

Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has insisted that Russia remains open to finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. He noted last month, however, that neither Kiev nor its backers in the US and NATO have expressed any willingness to sit down at the negotiating table.

In a statement published on Wednesday, Erdogan’s office claimed that the Russian president would soon pay a personal visit to Türkiye and that plans to hold a face-to-face conversation were discussed by the two leaders over the phone.

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FILE PHOTO. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting on the sidelines of the 6th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at the Palace of Independence in Astana, Kazakhstan.
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The Kremlin later confirmed that such a meeting was being planned and noted that an exact date would be determined in the near future. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov added that the agenda of the in-person talks would include bilateral relations, the Ukraine conflict, as well as the Black Sea grain deal.

Peskov stated that, during their conversation over the phone, the issue of grain shipments was spoken about in length, with Putin emphasizing Russia’s reasoning for exiting the UN- and Türkiye-brokered deal last month.

According to the spokesperson, Putin said Moscow was currently working to establish secure routes to supply the most vulnerable countries with Russian grain, some of which would be provided “free of charge.”

The president also suggested that Moscow would be willing to return to the Black Sea deal only on condition that the US and EU fulfill all the commitments they subscribed to and allow the exportation of Russian food products and fertilizer.


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