Turkish Foreign Minister Visits Russia and Ukraine for Peace Talks

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he was sending his foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu to Russia and Ukraine as part of Ankara’s efforts to mediate between the warring countries to secure a ceasefire in Ukraine.

“I am sending my foreign minister to Russia tonight (Tuesday night). He will hold talks in Moscow tomorrow, and travel to Kyiv on Thursday,” Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting.

Erdogan said he will also meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Ankara on Wednesday to discuss recent developments on Ukraine issues.

According to Erdogan, Turkey had become a “symbol of hope” after it hosted a meeting with Russian and Ukraine Foreign Ministers. The first high-level talks were held in Antalya, but ended without agreement on a ceasefire.

Turkey has a maritime border with both Russia and Ukraine in the Black Sea, and also enjoys good relations with both the countries. Taking into account the good relations, Turkey has also offered to mediate between the two neighbors.

Meanwhile, Ukraine on Sunday expressed readiness to work with Turkey and Israel as mediators to set a framework for negotiations with Russia.

Erdoghan has frequently said Turkey will not abandon its ties with Russia or Ukraine, calling Ankara’s ability to speak to both sides as an asset.

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