Erdogan as a mediator between Putin and Zelensky

Erdogan as a mediator between Putin and Zelensky

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres met with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Lviv.

Ukrainian President Volodimr Zelensky spoke with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday about the most pressing issues arising from the Russian war of aggression in their country. The meeting took place in Lviv, near the Polish border, on Thursday. In particular, the safety of Europe’s largest nuclear plant near the front in southeastern Ukraine and Ukrainian grain exports to regions of the world threatened by food shortages were on the agenda. No breakthroughs or even breakthroughs were reported.

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As reported by Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Erdogan offered Ukrainian President Zelenskiy to arrange a meeting with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. Zelensky said in Lviv that he saw Erdogan’s visit as a “strong sign of support” for Ukraine. However, he ruled out a peace deal with Moscow as long as Russia does not completely withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory. “People who kill, rape and attack our cities with cruise missiles every day cannot want peace,” the Ukrainian president said. “You have to leave our territory first, then we’ll see.”

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“We discussed all aspects of our bilateral relations with Mr. Selenski,” Erdogan said. The Turkish president reiterated that “our solidarity and support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty will continue”. The Turkish president also added that he wanted to talk to Putin about the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

Great concern about the reactor accident

“We are worried. We don’t want another Chernobyl,” Erdogan said, referring to the 1986 reactor accident. UN Secretary-General Guterres was also “very worried” about the situation at the Zaporizhia plant, the world’s largest nuclear power plant. from Europe. He again called for a demilitarization of the plant. “Any possible damage” to the facility would be “suicide,” he warned.

electric power plant

The repeated bombing of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine – for which Ukraine and Russia blame each other – has stoked fears of a nuclear incident for days. The plant has been occupied by Russian troops since early March.

On Erdogan’s offer to organize a meeting between Zelenskiy and Putin, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera writes: “It is still not clear to what extent it is really possible to break the cycle of war and start concrete negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv to reach a ceasefire. -fire But if there’s a mediator today who is potentially capable of doing that, then Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems like the man to do it.”

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