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‘’Some NATO countries want the war in Ukraine to continue’’

While Turkey seeks a peace agreement in Ukraine, there are NATO countries that want to weaken Russia by prolonging the war.

Some NATO countries want to prolong the war between Russia and Ukraine in order to weaken Russia, Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, assured yesterday, explaining that after the peace negotiations held in Istanbul between Kyiv and Moscow, everything pointed to a near negotiated solution.

“After the talks in Istanbul we did not think that the war would last until now. There are those who want the war to continue,” the minister told Turkish news channel CNN Türk. “After the meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the impression was that… there are NATO member states that want the war to continue, let the war continue so that Russia becomes weaker. They don’t care too much what happens in Ukraine,” insisted Çavuşoğlu.

However, in the opinion of the Turkish foreign minister, the war between Ukraine and Russia is not only being prolonged due to the interests of some NATO countries, but also because the attacks against civilians have left “tragic images” that are complicating the peace negotiations. “As the situation on the ground escalates, the negotiations become more difficult,” Çavuşoğlu stressed.

Referring to the first face-to-face meeting that the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers held in March in Antalya, precisely under the mediation of Çavuşoğlu, the minister said that steps were taken then that presaged a near peace. “Our hopes were raised by the talks that (both sides) had with us. But when the images of the massacres in Ukraine surfaced, the atmosphere became tense, and they distanced themselves from the Istanbul agreements,” he noted.

Despite everything, Turkey’s foreign minister insisted that Ankara’s diplomatic efforts continue and that communication channels with Russia and Ukraine remain open, and announced that Turkish President Erdoğan plans to speak in the coming days with the presidents of both countries. “The (proposed) meeting between Putin and Zelensky in Antalya is still on the table. Both have given positive messages for a meeting, although only when the conditions are met”, said Çavuşoğlu.