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Turkey to host a meeting of Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers

Turkish foreign minister confirmed that his Ukrainian and Russian counterparts will hold peace negotiations in Antalya, Turkey.

Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers will meet in Antalya, Turkey on Thursday as part of Ankara’s mediation efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Russian invasion, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu confirmed on Thursday.

In statements made this Monday, Çavuşoğlu stressed that the Turkish government has been making great diplomatic efforts since the beginning of the conflict to bring both parties to negotiate; finally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba would have agreed to meet on March 10 during the so-called Antalya Diplomacy Forum, said the Turkish foreign minister.

Çavuşoğlu also confirmed that – at the request of both parties – the meeting will be trilateral, since he will also be present during the negotiations that both foreign ministers will hold in the Turkish Mediterranean city. “Our goal is to put an immediate end to the fighting,” the minister stressed, recalling that Turkey maintains good relations with both countries. Çavuşoğlu expressed his confidence that the meeting will be “an important step” that marks “a turning point” towards a lasting peace.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Lavrov will travel to Antalya and meet with his Ukrainian counterpart on March 10. For his part, the Ukrainian foreign minister said he was willing to meet with his Russian counterpart, but only if the negotiations “are serious.”

Yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a telephone conversation with his counterpart Vladimir Putin in which he insisted to the Russian leader that Ankara is ready to do everything possible to end the war between Ukraine and Russia and reach a peaceful solution through diplomatic means, as soon as possible. Çavuşoğlu himself would also have telephoned yesterday the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers, to seek ways towards a ceasefire and a negotiation that would return peace to the region.