Turkish President says Putin wants to end war in Ukraine

Turkish President says Putin wants to end war in Ukraine

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On September 20, the BBC reported that the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave an interview to the US television station PBS. He believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking to end the war in Ukraine started by Putin and that a “big step” will happen.

Erdogan spoke about his feelings from recent extensive talks with Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit hosted by Uzbekistan. last week that Putin wants to end the war as soon as possible.

“He showed me that he wanted to end this as soon as possible. That’s how I feel. due to various situations What is happening right now is quite problematic,” Erdogan said, adding that 200 hostages would soon be exchanged between the two sides. But he did not give further details on who would be in the hostage exchange.

When the PBS host asked, Russia should have the right to keep any territory. Russian occupation since February? And should this be part of the peace agreement? Erdogan answered “no, and without doubt” and that “the invaded territories must be returned to Ukraine”, but it was not clear. Did Erdogan refer to the territory occupied by Russian-sponsored separatists since 2014? (Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk region and Luhansk People’s Republic in Luhansk region)

Another PBS host asked, Should Russia have the right to maintain the Crimean peninsula? annexed by Russia to Russia in 2014, Erdogan replied: since that incident Turkey is talking to Putin about returning the Crimean peninsula “To the rightful owner,” but no progress has been made.



Erdogan has repeatedly tried to find mediation during the war. He promoted a balanced stance for Turkey, which is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), while opposing Western sanctions on Russia. and said last week of efforts to direct ceasefire talks. and earlier this month accused the West of using provocative policies against Russia and warned that the war was unlikely to end soon

last week President Putin said he will be open to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to negotiate. But President Zelensky refused. President Putin also told the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the SCOO summit that He wanted to end the fight as soon as possible.

However, Russia gave no indication that it was ready to accept Ukraine’s demands to withdraw Russian forces from all Ukrainian territory. including the area occupied by Russia in 2014, the Crimean peninsula.


A Ukrainian soldier walks near captured Russian tanks with Ukrainian flags raised, as the Russian offensive on Ukraine continues, near the town of Izium, recently liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine September 19 , 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Don Bus Region (territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions), said former President Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council. Should Russian-backed separatists hold an annexation referendum on Russia? As President Putin has repeatedly stated that Liberation in the Donbas region of Ukraine is the main goal of Russia.

The Russian-backed leaders in Luhansk and Donetsk regions also called for an emergency referendum. And Olexey Koptyko, an adviser to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, drew attention to the fact that this is a sign of terror in Russia. and efforts to encourage Mr Putin to act as well.

However, the Ukrainian army countered and recaptured most of the Kharkiv region. northeastern Ukraine and the Herzon region of southern Ukraine during this month This led the Russian-backed leaders in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions to postpone a referendum to become part of Russia.

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