Turkey Hosts Meeting Between Warring Russian and Ukrainian FMs

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday said to host a meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia, Sergey Lavrov and Ukraine’s Dmytro Kuleba on March 10 in Turkey’s resort town of Antalya to discuss the ongoing conflict.

In a press briefing in Ankara, Cavusoglu said that he will also be present in the talks between the foreign ministers of warring countries, where both sides have respectively agreed to meet in Turkey.

“We want this meeting to be a turning point and a step taken toward peace and stability,” Cavusoglu said, adding Lavrov and Kuleba confirmed that they want to hold talks in the trilateral format with his participation.

“So we will hold this meeting in a trilateral format on Thursday,” Cavusoglu said and reiterated that Turkey will continue its efforts for a permanent ceasefire and an agreement between Ukraine and Russia.

Cavusoglu said the main objective behind the meeting is to immediately end the fighting, and claimed Ankara was actively engaged with both countries even before the start of war.

Two days ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone, where both the leaders discussed the ongoing situation in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Erdogan’s chief foreign policy adviser, Ibrahim Kalin in a tweet said, “We will continue our initiatives under the leadership of our president so that the ceasefire will become permanent and the peace negotiations will yield results.”


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