Turkey’s president said top leaders should make diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine
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 both Moscow and Kyiv to end the Ukraine-Russia conflict peacefully, he said.
Ankara has always done this “believed in the power of dialogue and diplomacy,” Erdogan said, referring to Turkey’s mediation efforts in both the Istanbul grain deal between Moscow and Kiev and the recent prisoner swap between the two sides. He added that the individual efforts of world leaders are not enough.
“The UN could not end the war, could not stop the bloodshed, 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. Erdoğan indicated that he would call Putin and Zelensky and continue his “Telephone Diplomacy.”
Must be a “Joint efforts of all world leaders” and “all” should speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin and also with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “open the door” for diplomacy, he said. Any “negative approach” to 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 Kiev through financial and military aid. Moscow has repeatedly warned that arms deliveries to Kiev will only prolong the conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are among the few Western leaders who have kept in touch with Putin since the start of the operation, though their efforts so far have produced no diplomatic breakthroughs.
Turkey has maintained contact with both Moscow and Kiev 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 Russia and Ukraine agreed to in July.
Earlier this week, Erdogan told US news program PBS NewsHour that Moscow was trying to end the conflict as soon as possible. At the same time, he said that Russia cannot afford to keep the areas it has received since February.
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