China News Agency, Beijing, May 31. Comprehensive news: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine on the 30th and proposed to hold high-level talks between Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations in Istanbul, Turkey, to jointly establish the situation in Ukraine. control center”. In addition, European Council President Michel said in the evening that the EU reached an agreement on a partial ban on the import of Russian oil, which involves two-thirds of the total oil imports from Russia.
Turkish President proposes high-level talks between Russia, Ukraine and UN
According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, Erdogan had a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the 30th. The Turkish President’s Office said that the leaders of the two sides communicated on the situation in Ukraine and Turkey-Russia relations.
Erdogan said that Russia and Ukraine need to take measures to rebuild trust and minimize the negative impact of the war. If the two sides agree in principle, Turkey will hold high-level talks between Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations in Istanbul and play a role in a possible monitoring mechanism.
On the same day, Erdogan also had a phone call with Uzbek President Zelenskiy to communicate about Uzbekistan’s grain export by sea and bilateral cooperation in the security field.
According to Ukraine’s Independent News Agency on the 31st, Zelensky posted on social media that during the call, the two sides discussed issues such as food security and lifting the blockade of Ukrainian ports. “The two sides agreed that peace needs to be restored in Ukraine, and the Ukrainian side thanks Turkey for its efforts to participate in the Ukrainian-Russian peace process.”
According to the Ukrainian News Agency, the two sides also talked about the joint establishment of a “control center” for the situation in Ukraine by Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations. According to Erdogan, the center is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Turkish side has a positive attitude towards participating in this monitoring mechanism in principle, and is willing to participate as an observer.
In addition, Erdogan said that Turkey is willing to fully promote the continuation of the Ukrainian-Russian negotiation and provide more support for both sides.
According to reports, regarding Erdogan’s proposal to invite Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations to hold high-level talks in Istanbul, Ukrainian Presidential Press Secretary Sergei Nikiforov said that if Russia agrees, Ukraine is willing to consider Talk in this format.
Russia and Ukraine exchange fire in Severo Donetsk
According to a report by Reuters on the 31st, the military administrator of the Luhansk region, Sergei Gede, said on the same day that the Russian army was slowly advancing towards the center of Severo-Donetsk in the Luhansk region.
Gede said Ukrainian troops defending Severo-Donetsk were not in danger of being surrounded because they could retreat to Lysichansk on the other side of the river.
According to a report by the TASS news agency on the 31st, the head of the Luhansk armed forces said that they had controlled a third of the city of Severo Donetsk.
The person in charge stressed that they would prioritize protecting the city’s infrastructure.
Ukraine rejects any alternative to EU membership
Ukraine’s Independent News Agency reported on the 30th that Zelensky said on the issue of joining the European Union that Ukraine rejects any alternative to Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. He said that Ukraine wanted to obtain EU candidacy and had met all the necessary conditions to obtain it, and that individual countries that did not have confidence in Ukraine would change their minds.
In addition, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said on the 30th that Ukraine is tired of “special solutions” and other modes of accession to the EU, and hopes to obtain full membership.
According to UTA, the European Commission will hold discussions on Ukraine’s EU candidate status in June.
EU agrees on partial ban on Russian oil imports
According to Reuters, European Council President Michel Michel said on the evening of the 30th that EU leaders reached an agreement on a partial ban on the import of Russian oil. The measure involves two-thirds of the total oil imports from Russia and can significantly reduce Russia’s sources of funding.
European Commission President von der Leyen pointed out on the 31st that the Commission should now be able to finalize a ban on almost 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of this year, which is an important step forward.
According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, in response to this matter, the Russian Permanent Representative to the Vienna International Organization Mikhail? Ulyanov commented on social media that Russia will find other countries that import Russian oil.
In addition, according to a report by RIA Novosti on the 31st, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ivanov said in an interview with the media that the EU’s policy towards Russia seriously lacks rational common sense. Due to this short-sighted behavior, European companies have suffered billions of dollars in damages loss.
Ivanov said that the EU’s line is to show its political purpose of solidarity with Ukraine by increasing the pressure of illegal sanctions against Russia at all costs. At the same time, the EU is poised to ignore billions of dollars in damage to its members’ citizens and businesses from such short-sighted behavior.
In addition, according to a report by the Russian Satellite News Agency on the 30th, Gazprom (Gazprom) announced that as of the end of the working day on May 30 (the payment date stipulated in the contract), the company has not received any receipt from the Dutch company GasTerra. The ruble payment for the natural gas supplied in April will therefore stop supplying the latter from the 31st until the latter pays in rubles under the new payment method.
According to the Dutch news network NL Times reported on the 30th, the Dutch company GasTerra said that if the conditions of Gazprom are met, it is necessary to open a euro account and a ruble account in GazpromBank. This payment method may violate EU sanctions against Russia. measures, and involved “too much financial and operational risk”.
GasTerra said it had purchased gas from other sources in anticipation of Gazprom’s decision. (Finish)