Ukraine, Tajani on Putin-Erdogan meeting: “Agreement on wheat would be a step towards peace”

The foreign minister: “I will ask China to put pressure on Putin to take a few steps back on the war”

The agreement on the Black Sea route, which must “bring grain to many African countries too, must be pursued. It is good if Erdogan promotes this operation which is a small step towards peace”. Thus the foreign minister, Antonio Tajani, in a press point during a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, on the day of the meeting scheduled in Sochi between the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“I believe that everything must be done to find agreements on all the positive issues concerning this war”, underlined Tajani, adding that in the afternoon he will ask the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, to “press Putin to take a few steps back regarding the war in Ukraine and we can move towards peace”. “It is not easy, the war will not end in a few weeks, but we must never give up the path of diplomacy – explained the minister – All initiatives like this of Erdogan, and I know that the Pope’s envoy will come here (Cardinal Zuppi, ed), must be supported”.