Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed talks between Russia and Ukraine Turkey is generally positive about the proposal to become a guarantor of Ukraine's security, Erdogan said. Four days ago, the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry emphasized that the country cannot give guarantees without specifics from Kyiv
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Ankara is ready to provide the necessary support to the negotiation process between Moscow and Kyiv, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Reuters reports.
He added that Turkey is generally positive about acting as a guarantor of Ukraine's security. The presidents also discussed issues of defense capability and global food security, which was under threat due to the stoppage of shipping in the Black Sea, Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
The Ukrainian president also said that during conversation, he stated the need for an urgent evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, including from the Azovstal plant, and also insisted on the immediate exchange of the military blocked there. Erdogan supported the idea of evacuating the wounded and civilians from the city.
On April 21, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk reported that on the territory of Azovstal there are about 1 thousand civilians and 500 wounded soldiers. The Ministry of Defense called the data on the civilian population a fake, and then stated that no one came out through the humanitarian corridor.
Since the beginning of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Turkey has repeatedly made attempts to become a mediator in the negotiations. On March 29, delegations from Moscow and Kyiv met in Istanbul, where the Ukrainian side proposed a new scheme for ensuring its security instead of joining NATO. According to it, states from among the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland and Canada, should become guarantor countries. The Kremlin offered Belarus as a guarantor to Kyiv.
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The authorities of Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain expressed their readiness to become guarantors for Ukraine. In turn, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on April 20 that the country does not agree with Ukraine's demand to provide it with security guarantees similar to the fifth article of the NATO treaty, until Kyiv outlines specific conditions. “In principle, no one opposes such guarantees. But their terms are unclear,— said the diplomat.
In addition to the negotiations of the delegations, in early April, Turkey proposed to organize a meeting of the presidents of Russia and Ukraine together with the foreign ministers.
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