Top diplomats of the warring countries, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Turkey on Thursday (10th of March) for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started on 24 of February.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Maria Zakharova on Wednesday said that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba in Turkey.
According to Zakharova, the meeting was proposed by the Turkish government where the country’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu will also be present during the meeting.
“Lavrov will be flying to an international diplomatic forum in Antalya and will meet with Kuleba there,” Zakharova added.
Cavusoglu speaking in a press conference on Tuesday said that the meeting will be held in a tripartite format on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum.
According to Cavusoglu, the meeting is part of Turkey’s effort to bring the two counties closer as part of efforts to help deescalate tensions between the two countries.
While hoping the meeting will be a turning point, Cavusoglu said that Russia’s Lavrov and Ukraine’s Kuleba announced readiness to attend the meeting.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had recently talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone and expressed Turkey’s readiness to contribute to resolving the Ukraine crisis by peaceful means.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has so far left hundreds of people dead while thousands more wounded and million others were displaced and taken refugees to the neighboring countries. Russia is also facing toughest sanctions by the world in response to its invasion.
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