Diplomacy, not victory in battles: Turkey told how the war in Ukraine will end
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According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, there is a risk of delaying hostilities for decades. During the last meeting of the negotiators in Istanbul, the parties, according to him, were close to a ceasefire, but “magic hands” unexpectedly intervened.
The war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine will end through diplomacy, not victory at the front . This opinion was expressed by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a conference in Ankara dedicated to Turkish foreign policy, the Daily Sabah newspaper writes.
Cavusoglu stressed Turkey's efforts in mediating between Ukraine and Russia.
“One way or another, this war will end at the negotiating table. We do not think that it will end with military successes on the ground. Despite this, there is a risk that the war will drag on for decades,” the official suggested.
Cavusoglu noted the emergence of a “new reality in new conditions” in comparison with March, when the last round of negotiations between the delegations of Ukraine and Russia, mediated by Turkey, took place in Istanbul. The situation, according to the minister, has become more complicated, but we must not lose hope.
Mevlut Cavusoglu recalled the two-day peace talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations and commented on them as follows: “In fact, when we gathered in Istanbul, the parties were very close to a ceasefire. But then “magic hands” intervened, we saw how the parties moved away from table”.
According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become the only leader in NATO who meets on equal terms with both Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Being a member of NATO does not mean that we cannot meet with Russia or other countries. It is necessary to maintain a balance,” Cavusoglu concluded.
In October, the President of Turkey spoke about the most acute crisis in the modern world order in the last 70 years. According to him, thanks to this, Russia attacked Ukraine.
In the same month, Erdogan noted the softening of Putin's position on dialogue with Ukraine. Zelensky, he said, also made it clear that there are no barriers in this matter.