“Of course, when a war is going on, when civilians are being killed, it is not an easy thing to understand, but we want to say that the pace is improving,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut. Cavusoglu’s comments were broadcast live from the southern province of Antalya by Turkey’s official Anatolian news agency. “We see the parties coming closer to an agreement,” he added.
The role of mediators
Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Russia and Ukraine this week. Turkey, a member of NATO, has stepped up mediation efforts between Moscow and Kiev and is refusing to align itself with Western sanctions targeting Russia. He was able to maintain contacts with the two countries and last week welcomed Russian Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Dmitry Kuleba to Antalya for their first meeting since the conflict began on February 24.
According to its foreign minister, Turkey is in contact with the two countries’ negotiating teams. Nevertheless, he declined to release details of the talks because “we act as honest mediators and facilitators”.
Turkey wants to arrange a meeting between Zelensky and Putin
In the daily interview HurriyatIbrahim Kalin, a spokesman for the Turkish president, said the two sides would hold talks on six issues: Ukraine’s neutrality, disarmament and security guarantees, the so-called “denunciation” and the lifting of restrictions on the use of the Russian language in Ukraine. The separatist region of Donbass and the state of Crimea were annexed by Russia in 2014.
Turkey has also said it is ready to hold talks between the two countries Volodymyr Zhelensky And the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. “We work day and night for peace,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday.
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