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The world should talk to Putin and Zelensky – Erdogan

Top leaders should lead diplomatic efforts to end conflict in Ukraine, Turkish president says

The world is not doing enough to end the conflict in Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in New York on Thursday. International leaders should focus on diplomacy and talk more with Moscow and Kyiv to end the Ukraine-Russia conflict peacefully, he said.

Ankara has always “believed in the power of dialogue and diplomacy”, Erdogan said, pointing to Turkey’s mediation efforts in the Istanbul grain deal between Moscow and Kyiv, and the recent prisoner swap between the two sides. He added that individual efforts by world leaders were not enough.

“The UN could not end the war, could not stop the bloodshed and could not find a solution to the energy and food crisis”, he said, calling on other world leaders to join Turkey in its diplomatic efforts. Erdogan noted that he would call Putin and Zelensky and continue his telephone diplomacy.

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There must be a “the joint effort of all the leaders of the world”, and “everybody” is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, to “open the door” for diplomacy, he said. Any “negative approach” by the two leaders “will not bring the result we expect”, but will only bring more death and destruction, Erdogan warned.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the United States and its allies in Europe and elsewhere have supported kyiv with financial and military aid. Moscow has repeatedly warned that arms deliveries to kyiv will only prolong the conflict.

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FILE PHOTO: Participants in the rally to mark the 3rd anniversary of Crimea's reunion with Russia at Cape Khrustalny in Sevastopol.
Erdogan sets condition for Ukrainian settlement

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are among the few Western leaders who have remained in contact with Putin since the operation began, although their efforts have so far yielded no diplomatic breakthrough.

Turkey maintained contact with Moscow and kyiv throughout the hostilities. He condemned Russia’s use of force, but refused to participate in international sanctions against Moscow. Ankara was also involved in the UN-brokered deal to allow the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, which was agreed between Russia and Ukraine in July.

Earlier this week, Erdogan told US news program PBS NewsHour that Moscow was seeking to end the conflict as soon as possible. He also said Russia could not be allowed to keep the territories it had won since February.

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