Turkey able to host Ukraine-Russia peace summit, says Erdogan | EUROtoday

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose NATO-member nation has sought to steadiness its shut relations with each Ukraine and Russia, supplied throughout a go to Friday from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to host a peace summit between the 2 international locations.

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Erdogan, who has repeatedly mentioned brokering a peace deal, stated at a information convention in Istanbul following his assembly with Zelenskyy that he hoped Russia can be on board with Turkey’s supply.

“Since the beginning, we have contributed as much as we could toward ending the war through negotiations,” Erdogan stated. “We are also ready to host a peace summit in which Russia will also be included.”

Ukraine stays agency on not participating straight with Russia on peace talks, and Zelenskyy has stated a number of occasions the initiative in peace negotiations should belong to the nation which has been invaded.

Zelenskyy stated any peace negotiations should align with a 10-point plan he has beforehand urged, which incorporates meals safety, restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops, launch of all prisoners, a tribunal for these answerable for the aggression, and safety ensures for Ukraine.

“Any proposals for settling this war must start with the formula proposed by the state defending its land and its people,” he stated. “We want a fair peace.”

The Ukrainian chief expressed hope that on the inaugural peace summit anticipated to be held this yr in Switzerland, the potential of reopening all Ukrainian ports, not solely in Odesa but additionally in Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine, shall be thought of.

Zelenskyy, who visited shipyards the place corvettes for the Ukrainian navy are being constructed, stated on X that agreements had been reached on joint protection initiatives with the Turkish authorities and firms. He stated on Telegram that additionally they agreed to simplify commerce and take away limitations to enterprise.

Erdogan stated the 2 mentioned stability within the Black Sea transport hall and he reiterated Turkey’s help for Ukraine’s “territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.”

The go to comes as Zelenskyy and different officers proceed to press different nations for extra munitions and weaponry to halt the advance of Russian troops attempting to make deeper features into the Ukraine-held western a part of the Donetsk area and likewise penetrating into the Kharkiv area north of it within the third yr of conflict.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated in Vilnius, Lithuania, the place he was attending a gathering of the international ministers of France, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, that “drop by drop” support to Ukraine not works.

“If things continue as they currently happen, it’s not going to end well for all of us,” Kuleba stated. “What is required is an unrestricted and timely supply of all types of weapons and ammunition to ensure that Ukraine beats Russia and the war in Europe does not spill over.”

An envoy from China, which has annoyed Ukraine and its Western allies by boosting commerce with Russia and portraying the battle and its causes largely from Moscow’s viewpoint, was in Kyiv on Thursday throughout a European go to for talks on settling what it calls the Ukraine disaster. Li Hui, the particular consultant for Eurasian affairs, met with officers from Russia, the EU, Switzerland and Poland earlier than his cease in Ukraine and was scheduled to go on to Germany and France.

Shortly after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Turkey hosted a gathering between the Russian and Ukrainian international ministers in addition to unsuccessful talks between negotiators from the 2 international locations geared toward ending the hostilities.

Later in 2022, Turkey, together with the United Nations, additionally brokered a deal between Russia and Ukraine that allowed the cargo of tens of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain by way of the Black Sea. Russia, nevertheless, pulled out of the deal final yr, citing obstacles to its export of meals and fertilizers.

During Li’s go to to Kyiv, Ukrainian officers described the horrors of the conflict.

“It is very important that you hear firsthand about the situation on the front line, what is happening and where we are,” Andriy Yermak, the pinnacle of the presidential workplace, stated, in line with a Ukrainian assertion.

It wasn’t clear how Li reacted to the presentation. China launched a terse assertion Friday saying solely that Li arrived in Kyiv by prepare at midday, held candid and pleasant talks, and departed by prepare the identical night.

The conflict has created a pointy division between China and the West. The Chinese authorities avoids utilizing the phrases “war” or “invasion” to explain Russia’s assault and cites NATO enlargement as a root reason for the battle.

The Ukraine assertion stated the 2 sides mentioned the potential of China’s help in prisoner exchanges, the return of Ukrainian kids in Russia and the return of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, which Russia took management of throughout combating in 2022.

Ukraine Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko on Friday urged Russia to instantly adjust to an International Atomic Energy Agency decision calling for the entire withdrawal its troops from the Zaporizhzhia plant and return of the station to Ukrainian management.

“Every day that Russians stay at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant increases the number of the existing problems and increases the threat of a nuclear incident,” Halushchenko stated on nationwide tv.