Turkey accused some of its NATO allies of wanting the war between Russia and Ukraine to last longer aimed at weakening the government of Russia.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a televised interview with CNN Turk, said that following the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting, it was the “impression that there are those within the NATO member states that want the war to continue in order for Russia get weaker.”
Cavusoglu did not disclose the name of any country directly, but said Turkey would not hold back from its diplomatic efforts to end the war.
Cavusoglu said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in regular contact with the Presidents Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a possibility of meeting between them in Turkey.
“President Erdogan will speak to the leaders again in the coming days,” Cavusoglu added.
Cavusoglu said that he held a phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday and also talked with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday.
“Both the officials agreed to meet again at a suitable time,” Cavusogl said, adding that talks with the two Foreign Ministers were positive.
Turkey has twice hosted direct negotiations between the two sides – on March 10 between the Ukrainian and Russian Foreign Ministers in the southern city of Antalya and on March 29 between the two sides’ negotiators in Istanbul – however, both the meetings failed to bear any results.
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