Turkey, Ukraine, Russia

Turkey proposes negotiations for a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has again proposed Turkey as a mediator to negotiate a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine to end the war unleashed two years ago in the wake of the Russian invasion launched in February 2021, for which Ankara is betting on a negotiated solution as the only way to end a conflict that seems stalled on both the military and diplomatic fronts.

“We are ready to re-establish a dialogue table, which we previously established in Istanbul, to achieve peace,” Erdoğan said Wednesday in a video message sent to the Balkans-South East Europe Security Summit, which was also attended by Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky. In his message, the Turkish president insisted that Turkey continues to support Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and will continue to fight to guarantee the rights of Crimean Tatars.

Erdoğan, who said that Turkey is ready to contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine, insisted that both sides must give peace a chance and further expressed his support for Zelensky’s proposed 10-point peace plan, which includes a complete Russian withdrawal from its territory, the payment of war reparations and prosecution of war criminals, and the release of all Ukrainian prisoners of war under the mediation of Saudi Arabia.