High leaders ought to conduct diplomatic efforts to finish the battle in Ukraine, the Turkish president has stated
The world shouldn’t be doing sufficient to finish the battle in Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed journalists in New York on Thursday. Worldwide leaders ought to deal with diplomacy and discuss extra with each Moscow and Kiev to place an finish to the battle between Ukraine and Russia in a peaceable manner, he stated.
Ankara has at all times “believed within the energy of dialogue and diplomacy,” Erdogan stated, pointing to Turkey’s mediating efforts in each the Istanbul grain deal between Moscow and Kiev, and the current prisoner trade between the 2 sides. He added that particular person efforts of world leaders usually are not sufficient.
“The UN couldn’t finish the battle, couldn’t cease the bloodshed and it couldn’t discover a answer to the power and meals disaster,” he stated, calling on different world leaders to affix Turkey in its diplomatic efforts. Erdogan famous that he would name Putin and Zelensky and proceed his “phone diplomacy.”
There should be a “joint effort of all world leaders,” and “everybody” must be speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in addition to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, to “open the door” for diplomacy, he stated. Any “unfavorable approaches” to the 2 leaders will “not deliver the outcome we anticipate,” however will solely deliver extra dying and destruction, Erdogan warned.
For the reason that begin of the Russian navy operation in Ukraine, the US and its allies in Europe and elsewhere have supported Kiev by monetary and navy support. Moscow has repeatedly warned that arms deliveries to Kiev will solely delay the battle.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are among the many few Western leaders who’ve remained in touch with Putin for the reason that begin of the operation, although their efforts to date haven’t led to any diplomatic breakthroughs.
Turkey has maintained contact with each Moscow and Kiev all through the hostilities. It condemned the usage of power by Russia, however refused to participate within the worldwide sanctions on Moscow. Ankara was additionally concerned within the UN-brokered deal to permit the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, which was agreed on between Russia and Ukraine in July.
Earlier this week, Erdogan instructed US information program PBS NewsHour that Moscow seeks to finish the battle as quickly as doable. He additionally stated that Russia can’t be allowed to maintain the territories it has gained since February.
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