Ukraine-Russia, Erdogan to Zelensky: “Turkey ready to mediate for lasting peace”

The Ukrainian president: “I am happy to know that Ankara is ready to participate in the implementation of our peace formula”

Turkey is ready to take on the task of facilitating and mediating to achieve a lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine“. This was stated by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoganduring a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

During the talks, the Turkish presidency reported in a statement, the two leaders spoke of humanitarian aid, Turkey’s energy support for Ukraine and developments linked to the agreement on the grain corridor. Stressing then that the work on the exchange of prisoners continues, Erdogan offered his country’s diplomatic contribution also to speed up the process relating to the safety of the Zaporozhzhia nuclear power plant.

“I am happy to know that Turkey is ready to participate in the implementation of our peace formula” Ukrainian President Zelensky wrote on twitter, after a telephone conversation with Erdogan, with whom, he explained, he discussed “cooperation on security, especially in Zaporizhzhia, where there should be no invaders, of the exchange of war prisoners, of the development of the grain agreement”.

Erdogan also had a telephone conversation today with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Efforts to achieve peace in Ukraine must be supported by a ”unilateral ceasefire” and by a ”vision for a fair solution” the Turkish president told the Kremlin leader, as reported by the presidency of Ankara in a note.

Putin for his part explained that Russia is open to dialogue with Ukraine but that Kiev should accept the “new territorial realities”. In today’s phone call between the two presidents, Putin reiterated Russia’s openness to a serious dialogue, provided that the Kiev authorities meet these well-known and repeatedly expressed requirements.