Erdogan believes in talks with Russia – “In fact, Mr. Zelensky sees it that way”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomes his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv, where UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is also present. The three politicians want to explore the possibility of entering into negotiations and discuss the situation of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.
DHe continues to advocate for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine war with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “I continue to believe that the war will eventually end at the negotiating table. In fact, Mr. Zelenskij and Mr. Guterres see it that way,” Erdogan said Thursday at the Turkish presidential palace in Lviv, western Ukraine. Erdogan, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held talks there. According to Erdogan, the results of the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be evaluated.
After the first meeting, Zelensky wrote in a telegram that the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, occupied by Russian troops, should be demilitarized. According to Zelensky, the plant must be completely freed from “occupiers”. “This intended act of terrorism by the occupier will have catastrophic global consequences.” The United Nations must ensure the safety of this strategic object. On Wednesday evening, Selenskyj again called for the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Guterres called for security measures after his meeting with Zelensky. “The area must be demilitarized,” the UN said. This facility cannot be used for military operations. “Instead, an agreement is urgently needed to restore Zaporizhia to a purely civilian infrastructure and ensure the region’s security.” Any damage to a nuclear power plant is “suicide”.
Guterres announced a spy mission after an attack on a camp housing Ukrainian prisoners of war in late July. Brazilian General Carlos dos Santos Cruz is said to be responsible for the operation. “We will now continue to work to obtain the necessary guarantees to ensure safe access to the site and other related locations,” Guterres said.
After the death of around 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war in Olenivka prison near Donetsk in late July, Ukraine requested access to independent international experts to clarify the case. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the prisoners’ deaths.
Turkey pledges support to Kiev to rebuild infrastructure
Zelensky’s tripartite summit with Guterres and Erdogan was also held. Anadolu reported that the UN chief and the two presidents met in Lviv. There will be a press conference after the meeting, but according to the UN, this should not be broadcast live.
For the United Nations and Turkey, it’s about trying to find a negotiated settlement nearly six months after the Russian attack on Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Erdogan has positioned himself as a mediator between Russia and Ukraine, which has close economic ties to Turkey. He can point to a negotiated agreement with the UN on the sea transport of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea as a success. On Thursday, Turkey pledged Kyiv’s support for infrastructure reconstruction. Zelensky asked Guterres to grant UN access to Ukrainian citizens deported to Russia, his presidential office website said. He asked for help to free captured Ukrainian soldiers and rescuers.
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