Erdogan to Putin: We can lay the foundation for a peace deal in Ukraine


By John

“A just peace in Ukraine is possible.” This is the message delivered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, during a face-to-face meeting in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. “Turkey will continue to do everything to achieve peace. We believe it is essential first of all to reach a ceasefire as soon as possible; with the cessation of hostilities, the foundations will be laid for negotiations that lead to a just peace. A path that we believe is possible,” Erdogan told Putin. Putin and Erdogan met on the occasion of a summit of the ‘Shanghai Group’, an organization of which Turkey has been an observer country for 10 years.

“Israel Threatens Global Peace”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in the Middle East with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The two met in the Kazakh capital Astana on the occasion of the summit of the “Shanghai Group”, of which Turkey is an observer country. “President Erdogan communicated to President Putin that the attacks launched by Israel on Gaza continue to threaten global peace, but above all the stability of the entire region and in particular Lebanon, which has ended up in Israel’s sights,” reads a statement from the presidency, issued on the sidelines of the meeting, in which the intervention of “other countries” is requested to prevent the conflict from spreading. Still on the subject of the Middle East, Erdogan communicated to Putin Turkey’s firm intention to not allow the establishment of a terrorist state beyond the border with Syria and to continue the fight against the Kurdish separatists of the PKK/YPG. Ankara has a contingent in the provinces of northern Syria that Putin is pushing for Erdogan to recall to Turkey. Erdogan, on the contrary, does not want the Kurds to return to the Turkish borders and asks that Russia intervene “to achieve a stable and lasting peace”.