Russian, Ukrainian Foreign Ministers Set to Meet in Turkey

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Moscow: The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine and Turkey will meet in southern Turkey on Thursday, Ankara has announced as the war in Ukraine intensified. Turkey has sought to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and offered on several occasions to host talks.

  • Turkey has sought to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and offered on several occasions to host talks.

Both ministers asked me to take part in the meeting as well and to hold the meeting in a trilateral format, said Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu said the meeting would take place in Antalya, which was later confirmed by the Russian foreign affairs ministry. We hope it will lead to peace and stability, Cavuso?lu tweeted.

  • Ankara, which has good relations with both Moscow and Kyiv, has called Russia’s invasion unacceptable but opposes sanctions against Moscow.

Turkey had previously invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukraine’s Dmytro Kuleba to meet at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, a high-level conference on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

The announcement of the meeting comes after President Recep Tayyip  Erdogan held phone talks with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts.

  • Kuleba and Lavrov will meet in Turkey’s coastal Antalya province on  Thursday, March 10th 2022.

It would be the first Cabinet-level meeting between the two countries since Russia invaded Ukraine.

There was no immediate confirmation of the meeting from Kyiv. Dmytro Kuleba has previously said he was open to talks with Serge? Viktorovich Lavrov but only if they were meaningful.

The meeting will come exactly two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, a conflict which so far has claimed at least hundreds of civilian lives and forced more than 1.5 million Ukrainians to flee the country.

Turkey, a key economic partner of both Russia and Ukraine, has sought to mediate in the crisis since before Russia launched its invasion last month.

  • The talks would be the first Cabinet-level meeting between the two  countries since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Turkey is a member of NATO and an ally of Ukraine. But it seeks to maintain good relations with Russia, on which it depends heavily for imports, Turkey has condemned the Russian assault, sold armed drones to Ukraine and  blocked Russia’s navy from sending additional warships to the Black Sea. At the same time, Ankara has refused to join economic sanctions against  Russia, hoping to shield its vulnerable economy from additional fallout from the war.

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