Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who positioned himself as a dealer within the Russia-Ukraine battle all through 2022, held separate telephone calls Thursday with each President Vladimir Putin and President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He instructed Zelensky that Turkey was able to undertake a mediator and facilitator function for lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine and that it may present diplomatic efforts relating to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, a Turkish authorities readout of the decision mentioned.
In his name with Putin, Erdogan instructed the Russian chief that requires peace and negotiations needs to be supported by a unilateral declaration of ceasefire and a imaginative and prescient of “a good answer.”
Putin, nonetheless, instructed Erdogan that Moscow is open to “critical dialogue,” however Kyiv should settle for the “new territorial realities,” based on a Kremlin assertion.
“In mild of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s readiness for Turkish mediation for a political settlement of the battle, Vladimir Putin reaffirmed Russia’s openness to critical dialogue, supplied that the Kyiv authorities adjust to the well-known and repeatedly voiced calls for and have in mind new territorial realities,” the Kremlin mentioned following a telephone name between the 2 leaders on Thursday.
Putin additionally emphasised “the damaging function of the West, pumping Ukraine with weapons and offering it with goal designation,” the Kremlin mentioned.
The readout additionally talked about that the 2 leaders mentioned increasing ties within the vitality sector and Putin additionally requested to elevate boundaries on Russian exports as a part of the Black Sea grain deal.
What Zelensky says: Afterward Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned he and Erdogan “mentioned safety cooperation” between their two nations and “nuclear questions of safety, specifically the state of affairs at ZNPP (Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Station).”
“There needs to be no invaders there. We additionally talked in regards to the change of prisoners of conflict with Turkish mediation, the event of the grain settlement. We admire Türkiye’s willingness to participate within the implementation of our Peace Components,” Zelensky mentioned on Telegram, following a telephone name between the 2 leaders.