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Turkey to host new peace talks between Russia and Ukraine

Erdoğan’s spokesman asked to maintain dialogue with Moscow: “If the whole world burns the bridges with Russia, who is going to talk to them?”

Turkey will host new negotiations between Russia and Ukraine between March 28 and 30 in a new attempt to reach a peace agreement after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia confirmed on his Twitter account on Sunday, without offering more information about the place or the exact date.

The Eurasian country has previously hosted the first face-to-face meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers, which was held on March 10 in the Turkish city of Antalya, in which Sergei Lavrov and Dmytro Kuleba sat down face to face for the first time since the start of the war, under the mediation of their Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Despite the Turkish government stressing the importance of both ministers sitting at the same table, the meeting ended without much progress.

Despite being a key member of NATO, Turkey has not joined the Western economic sanctions against Russia for now, preferring to maintain a neutral position to play a mediating role that, however, has not prevented Ankara from condemning the recognition of the independence of Donbas or the invasion of Ukraine itself, described from the beginning as “illegal and unjust” by the Turkish government.

Speaking yesterday from Qatar, İbrahim Kalın, spokesman for the Turkish president and one of his top advisers, called for more military aid for Ukraine so that the country can defend itself against Russian aggression, but also called on the world not to close ways of dialogue with Moscow: “If the whole world burns the bridges with Russia, who is going to talk to them?” questioned Kalın. On Friday, Erdoğan himself assured that he will ask Putin in his next telephone conversation for “an honorable exit” to the conflict in Ukraine.