Turkey’s Erdogan agrees to hold talks between Russian and Ukraine in Istanbul

28 March, 02:10 PM
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin where they agreed that the next round of peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine would be held in Istanbul, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on March 27.

Emphasizing the need to establish a ceasefire and peace between Russia and Ukraine as soon as possible, and improve the humanitarian situation in the region, Erdogan said that Turkey will continue to contribute in every possible way to this process.

The next round, which will be held face-to-face, is scheduled for March 28-30, according to David Arakhamia, a member of the Ukrainian negotiating delegation.

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Turkey has thus far played a mediatorial role during the Russian war against Ukraine, and has attempted to maintain positive relations with both countries. While Turkey has condemned the Russian invasion, it has criticized Western sanctions placed on the country, and has refused to join them.

At the same time, Turkish drones have contributed greatly to Ukrainian defenses, with the Turkish made Baykar TB2 “Bayraktar” UAV having become one of the symbols of the Ukrainian resistance.

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