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Zelensky agrees to meet with Putin in Turkey—Erdogan

Putin has no objection to meeting with Zelenskyy, but there is a condition—Kremlin. Photo: Twitter / Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Putin has no objection to meeting with Zelenskyy, but there is a condition—Kremlin. Photo: Twitter / Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he had reached an agreement with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy on his potential meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Turkish territory.

Quote"There was a positive response to our invitation to visit Turkey upon Putin's return from China. We will schedule a date. Then, I hope, we will hold this meeting between Putin and Zelenskyy," he told CNN TÜRK.

Erdogan stated that "an escalation by the international press of the issue between Ukraine and Russia" would do more harm than good.

Quote"In this process, it is very important to stay calm… Turning bilateral issues into an element of negotiations on Euro-Atlantic security leads to the blocking of both paths. However, if the two aspects are assessed separately and considered with regard to their own dynamics, the chances of a solution will improve even more," he pointed out.

What the Kremlin thinks about Putin-Zelenskyy meeting

Kremlin speaker Dmitry Peskov stated that Putin is ready to meet with Zelenskyy. However, for this, the Russian president needs an understanding of what will follow this meeting.

Quote"No one rules it out. The President (Putin—The Page) stated that he was ready to meet with anyone for the cause, but this requires an understanding of what will come out and what will be discussed. There is no such understanding yet," RIA Novosti quotes Peskov as saying.

Peskov added that their meeting should have taken place a long time ago. But for this, according to him, "it is necessary that at least something be fulfilled from the preliminary agreements."

Context. Recall that at the end of November, Erdogan stated he was ready to mediate in negotiations between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At first, the Kremlin rejected this proposal and stressed that the Russian Federation "is not a party to the conflict in Donbas." Later, Moscow changed its mind and stated: if Turkey succeeds in influencing Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements of 2014, Russia will welcome it.

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