The ongoing situation is a “big problem”, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants a quick end to the conflict in Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday in an interview with the PBS NewsHour program.
Erdogan said he held “Extensive meetings with Putin in Uzbekistan” during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit last week.
“I realized they were really trying to get this done as soon as possible. This situation is a big deal,” The Turkish leader said, referring to the conflict in Ukraine.
Erdogan, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, said he wants Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to talk face to face to find a solution to the conflict that has been going on since the end of the month. Two.
“We have an unwavering desire to bring these leaders together. Let’s bring them together. I want to hear everything from them. We are not yet successful, but I am not without hope,” he say.
The Turkish president claimed to have told both Putin and Zelensky that there was a need to negotiate an end to the fighting because “No one will win at the end of the day.”
The Kremlin earlier said the leaders of Russia and Ukraine should meet only to sign specific agreements prepared for them by their negotiators.
Turkey maintained contact with both Moscow and Kiev throughout the wars. It condemns Russia’s use of force, but at the same time refuses to join international sanctions against Moscow and continues to deal with it. Ankara is also involved in a United Nations-brokered agreement allowing grain exports from Ukrainian ports, reached between Russia and Ukraine in July.
Russia recently complained that part of the deal, which calls for the removal of obstacles to its food shipments, has not yet been implemented by Western countries.