Russian-Ukrainian war now a global concern: Speaker of Turkish Parliament

The Russian-Ukrainian war is not just about the two countries involved in the conflict, but about the region and the world as a whole, parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop said on Monday.

“It is no longer a problem between Russia and Ukraine, but it has become a problem that threatens regional and world peace in general,” Şentop told reporters in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, where he attends a meeting of the Presidents of the European Parliament.

Noting that there is a great risk due to the war, Şentop said that the invasion of Russia has become the highlight of all meetings and that almost everyone he has spoken with so far, including Russian Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and his Polish, Romanian and Slovenian counterparts want an immediate ceasefire.

Regarding the upcoming negotiation talks to be held in Istanbul, Şentop said it was the right decision.

“It was supposed to happen, because we have been following developments since the start of the war and Turkey is the only country that has had talks with Russia and Ukraine and made efforts to secure a ceasefire.” , said the speaker of parliament. mentioned.

He noted that if all leaders express a desire for a truce, it is crucial to hold talks with both sides and convince them to come together to hold talks. He added that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been striving to achieve this from the beginning.

“Let’s hope that the meeting to be held in Turkey will lead to an immediate ceasefire,” he added.

On Sunday, Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that the next round of talks would be held in Turkey’s biggest metropolis, Istanbul, from March 28-30.

Erdoğan told Putin that a ceasefire and peace must be established between Russia and Ukraine as soon as possible, while highlighting the humanitarian situation on the ground and stating that Turkey was ready to provide assistance. assistance in this regard.

Erdoğan said last week that Russia and Ukraine appeared to have reached agreement on four of the six negotiating points: Ukraine remaining outside NATO, the use of the Russian language in Ukraine, disarmament and security guarantees.

Kuleba, however, said on Friday that there was “no consensus” on key points with Russia.

Turkey has been one of the countries leading efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has affected millions of civilians. Turkey says it can facilitate peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, but says a ceasefire and humanitarian corridors are needed first.

A NATO ally, Turkey borders Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and enjoys good relations with both. Since the start of the conflict, Ankara has offered to mediate between the two sides and host peace talks, stressing its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Having recently called the Russian invasion an unacceptable violation of international law, Turkey has carefully crafted its rhetoric so as not to offend Moscow, with which it has close ties in energy, defense and tourism.

While forging close ties with Russia in energy, defense and trade, and relying heavily on Russian tourists, Turkey has been selling drones to Ukraine, which has caused the anger of Moscow. Turkey also opposes Russian policies in Syria and Libya, as well as Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Erdoğan has repeatedly said that Turkey will not abandon relations with Russia or Ukraine, stressing that Ankara’s ability to talk to both sides is an asset.

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