The President of Turkey said:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in New York on Thursday that the world has not done enough to end the conflict in Ukraine. He said international leaders should focus more on diplomacy and dialogue with both Moscow and Kiev to end the conflict between Ukraine and Russia peacefully.
Ankara always “Believe in the power of dialogue and diplomacy,” Mr. Erdogan said, pointing to Turkey’s mediation efforts in both the Istanbul grain deal between Moscow and Kiev, and the recent prisoner exchange between the two sides. He added that the individual efforts of world leaders were not enough.
“The United Nations cannot end the war, cannot stop the bloodshed and cannot find a solution to the food and energy crisis,” he said. He said, calling on other world leaders to join Turkey in diplomatic efforts. Erdogan noted that he would call Putin and Zelensky and continued “Telephone diplomacy.”
There must be one “Common effort of all world leaders,” and “everybody” should talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, to “open door” diplomacy, he said. Any “negative approach” towards the two leaders will “not yield the results we expect,” but only bring more death and destruction, Erdogan warned.
Since Russia began its military campaign in Ukraine, the United States and its allies in Europe and elsewhere have supported Kiev through financial and military aid. Moscow has repeatedly warned that arms deliveries to Kiev will only prolong the conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are among the few Western leaders who have remained in touch with Putin since the start of the operation, although their efforts to date have yielded no results. any diplomatic breakthrough.
Turkey maintained contact with both Moscow and Kiev throughout the wars. It condemns Russia’s use of force, but refuses to participate in international sanctions against Moscow. Ankara is also involved in a United Nations-brokered agreement to allow grain exports from Ukrainian ports, agreed between Russia and Ukraine in July.
Earlier this week, Erdogan told the American news program PBS NewsHour that Moscow seeks to end the conflict as soon as possible. He also said that Russia cannot be allowed to keep the territories it has won since February.
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