Erdogan Asks Putin to Meet Zelenskyy in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on phone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday and renewed a call for a direct meeting between him and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Turkey.

The two leaders also discussed issues surrounding the talks between negotiators of Russia and Ukraine held in Istanbul earlier this week, Erdogan’s office said in a statement.

During the talks, Erdogan said that Turkey is willing to accelerate efforts to “bring Putin and Zelenskyy together for the talks in Istanbul,” and it’s important for the both sides to “act with common sense and to maintain the dialogue,” according to the statement.

Erdogan also told Putin that the Istanbul talks had “raised hopes for peace.”

Putin, during the conversation, had thanked Erdogan for hosting the meeting between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine, according to Erdogan’s office.

Earlier on Friday, Erdogan said that Zelenskyy was willing to participate in a leaders’ meeting to be hosted by Turkey.

In a telephone conversation with Erdogan, Zelenskyy thanked Erdogan for his willingness to provide security guarantees to Ukraine.

“Had another conversation with a real friend of Ukraine, President of Turkey Erdogan. Noted the high level of organization of negotiations of delegations in Istanbul. Agreed on further steps towards peace. Thanked for the readiness of Turkey to become the guarantor of security of our state!” Zelenskyy said in a tweet.

Russia and Ukraine negotiators concluded a fresh round of face-to-face peace talks in Istanbul on Tuesday with hope to create the possibility of formulating a security treaty to help end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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