Turkey Hosts Next Round of Ukraine-Russia Talks

Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia has said that the next round of face-to-face talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations would be held in Turkey on March 28-30.

“At the video talks, it was decided to hold the next live round by two delegations in Turkey,” Arakhamia wrote on Facebook while giving no further details.

Russia’s top negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky also confirmed that a direct meeting with Ukraine was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but did not mention the place of the talks.

Moreover, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on March 27, discussed the latest developments and negotiations process in the Russian-Ukraine war, his office said in a statement.

During the talks, Erdogan stressed on the importance of a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, the statement said, adding that the “implementation of peace and the improvement of humanitarian conditions” in the region were also discussed.

Mroiever, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on March 27, and said that Turkey is aware of the “trust and responsibility” when it comes to the planned Ukraine-Russia meetings in Turkey.

“Upon the initiative of President Erdogn the negotiating delegations of Russia and Ukraine will meet in Turkey. We hope the meetings will result in a lasting ceasefire and enable peace,” Cavusoglu said in a tweet post, but did not specify when the meeting will happen.

Last month, Turkey hosted a meeting between foreign minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and Ukraine’s Dmytro Kuleba in Antalya, but the meeting ended without any result or reaching a ceasefire.

At least 1,119 civilians have been killed since Russia’s invasion in Ukraine on February 24, while the UN said that the true number of figures is likely far higher.   

Another 1,790 people received injuries and more than 3.82 million have fled to the neighboring countries, with millions more displaced inside the country, according to the UN refugee agency.

The Ukrainian and Russian delegations have so far held three rounds of peace talks in-person in Belarus since Feb. 28 that ended with no result.

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