Turkey Urges Ukraine and Russia To Focus on Ceasefire

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday that Turkey is ready to mediate for a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine after the two countries agreed on the resumption of grain exports from Black Sea port to the world markets.    

“Ankara is ready to host the presidents of Ukraine and Russia for talks to reach a (fair peace) and help end Russian-Ukraine war,” Cavusoglu said.

Speaking at a press conference with his Georgian counterpart Ilia Darchiashvili, Cavusoglue said that the successful implementation of the grain export deal would definitely help boost confidence between Russia and Ukraine.

Last week, Kyiv and Moscow signed an UN-brokered deal in Istanbul to resume exports of grain stuck in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa since Russian invasion in February.

Cavusgolue said that Turkey made indefatigable efforts to prevent the war, and also continued efforts to end the war when it started.

“This war would end through diplomatic channels and in the table of negotiations,” Cavusoglue said, stressing that “there is no winner in this war.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly called on presidents of Ukraine and Russia Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Vladimir Putin to agree for direct talks in Turkey to help resolve heightened global tensions since the war began.

Apparently, Turkey has failed in its efforts to help mediate between the two sides as Russia continues occupation of Ukraine.

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