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Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers will meet this Thursday in Turkey

  • Sergei Lavrov and Dmitro Kuleba will meet face to face for the first time since the beginning of the Russian invasion through the mediation of their Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavusoglu

For the first time since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine almost two weeks ago, two high-level representatives from both countries will meet face to face, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu. The meeting will be between their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kulebaand will take place this Thursday in the southern Turkish city of Antalyawhere this week a international diplomatic forum and where they live, in addition, many Russian and Ukrainian expatriates.

“Under the initiative of our president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and our intense diplomatic efforts, Kuleba and Lavrov have decided to meet on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum. We hope that this stepmild to peace and stability”, Çavusoglu said on his social networks this Monday.

This announcement comes a few hours after Erdogan spoke for over an hour on the phone with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putinin a Turkish attempt to convince the Russian president to implement a real ceasefire and that this could lead to a cessation of all hostilities in Ukraine.

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Turkey is not the only country in the world that is pressing to mediate between Moscow and Kyiv. China, France and Israel -Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett secretly visited the Russian capital this Saturday- they also try to act as a bridge between Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky.

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However, among the countries mentioned, Turkey is the one that sees the conflict closest, and not only geographically: Ankara has been harvesting for years economic, diplomatic and military relations very close with the two capitals, and now it is trying to strike a balance so as not to take sides in the war.

Turkey thus sells drones to Ukraine and openly condemns the Russian invasion, but refuses to impose sanctions against Moscow and to close its airspace to Russian planes. “Someone has to be able to talk to Russia. Who will talk to them? when all the bridges are burned? We did not bring down ours, and we do not consider any sanctions package,” the Turkish government spokesman, said last week. Ibrahim Kalin.

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