Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his country’s readiness to make a feasible contribution to resolving the conflict in Ukraine. The Turkish President stated this during a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky.
During the conversation, the parties, among other things, exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine against the backdrop of the first anniversary of the military operation, the Turkish Presidential Administration’s Liaison Office said. “The President of Turkey declared his country’s readiness to make a feasible contribution to bringing peace and resolving the situation on the basis of a ceasefire and dialogue,” the department said in a statement following the conversation (quote from Anadolu). Mr. Erdogan also expressed gratitude to Mr. Zelensky for solidarity in connection with the earthquakes.
Turkey has been continuing its mediation efforts since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine. Ankara has repeatedly expressed its readiness to facilitate negotiations – in particular, in March 2022, Russian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba met in Antalya, Turkey. At the end of March, Russian-Ukrainian talks took place in Istanbul. In July, the signing of the so-called grain deal took place there.