Türkİye, Russia-Ukraine War

Turkiye willing to host high-level Ukraine, Russia meeting within fortnight

Turkiye would like to host meeting at level of foreign ministers or heads of state, says foreign minister

Burak Dag   | 31.03.2022
Turkiye willing to host high-level Ukraine, Russia meeting within fortnight

ANKARA 

Ukraine and Russia have announced that both sides could hold a high-level meeting in a week or two, said Turkiye's foreign minister on Thursday as Ankara leads efforts to end the ongoing war through diplomacy.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told private news channel A Haber in an interview that Turkiye would like to host the meeting at the level of foreign ministers or heads of state.

Touching on Turkiye’s potential role as guarantor state for a peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia, he said that taking up this role does not mean entering the war.

In a breakthrough, Russian and Ukrainian delegations met for peace talks in Istanbul on Tuesday as the war entered its second month with casualties piling up on both sides.

Ukraine wants to see countries, including Turkiye, as guarantors in a deal with Russia, a Ukrainian negotiator said after the talks.

Turkiye has won widespread praise for its efforts to end the war, helped by its unique position in having friendly relations with both Russia and Ukraine.

On March 10, it hosted the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers in the southern resort city of Antalya, the highest-level meeting of the two sides since the war began on Feb. 24.

The Russia-Ukraine war has been met with international outrage, with the EU, US, and UK, among others, implementing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.

At least 1,189 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, including 108 children, and 1,901 others injured, according to estimates by the UN, which cautioned that the true figure is likely far higher.

More than 4 million Ukrainians have also fled to several European countries, with millions more displaced inside the country, according to the UN refugee agency.

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