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Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Arrange Putin-Zelensky Meeting, Facilitate Russia-Ukraine Talks

© REUTERS / Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press OfficeTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan poses for photographs with the 1915 Canakkale Bridge over the Dardanelles in the background, in Canakkale, Turkey March 18, 2022
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan poses for photographs with the 1915 Canakkale Bridge over the Dardanelles in the background, in Canakkale, Turkey March 18, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.03.2022
Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on holding the next round of talks between Moscow and Kiev in Istanbul on 29 March.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Ankara is ready to arrange a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky as well as facilitate the Moscow-Kiev negotiating process.
In an address to the delegations of Russia and Ukraine before their meeting at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Erdogan stressed that the conflict [in Ukraine] is "very upsetting" for Turkey, who has made "sincere efforts at all levels and tried to fulfill the requirements of friendship, good neighbourliness, and laws since the beginning of the crisis".
"We have demonstrated a fair approach that protects and respects the rights of both parties on all platforms where we have a right to vote", the Turkish president stated.
Erdogan expressed hope that if there is progress at the meeting in Istanbul, negotiations between Russia and Ukraine could reach the next stage.
"The progress that you will achieve in these negotiations will also allow you to move on to the next stage - contact at the level of leaders. We are also ready to hold such a meeting", he underscored.
Erdogan also emphasised that "everyone is interested in a ceasefire [in Ukraine] being established as soon as possible".
"We believe that we have entered a period when concrete results should be obtained from negotiations. The world is waiting for good news from you. We are ready for any contribution that will facilitate your work", the Turkish president said.

Lavrov Says Moscow Interested in Russia-US Talks

The remarks come after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Serbian media outlets on Monday that Moscow is interested in the Russia-Ukraine talks "being wrapped up with a result that will achieve our [Moscow's] fundamental goals".
"First and foremost, this is an end to the killing of civilians in the Donbass region, which has been going on for eight long years, during which the entire progressive Western community kept mum, never even making some critical comments, although everyone watched the bombing of civilian infrastructure, hospitals, kindergartens, clinics, and residential buildings in the area", Lavrov emphasised.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has since told a press briefing that the Russian armed forces are continuing their special military operation in Ukraine.
The operation to demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 24 February, following a request for assistance from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, which had witnessed weeks of intensifying shelling by the Ukrainian Army. The Russian Defence Ministry emphasised that the operation only targets Ukraine's military infrastructure with high-precision weapons and that civilians are out of danger.
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