Daily Sabah
June 13, 2022

Turkey ready to host 4-way Ukraine peace talks: FM Çavuşoğlu

Turkey is ready to host a four-way meeting including representatives from the United Nations, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey itself, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Saturday.

The Turkish foreign minister and his Czech counterpart on Saturday discussed revitalizing peace talks between Russia and Ukraine and lifting obstacles to grain exports….

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Çavuşoğlu also said…that Turkey had told its position to Moscow and is awaiting a reply.

He noted that the two tackled regional matters along with the latest developments in the context of the war in Ukraine and NATO.

“Turkey has always backed NATO’s open-door policy. There are two candidate countries (Finland and Sweden) right now,” he stressed, highlighting terrorism and Russia as two major items on NATO’s current agenda.

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The war in Ukraine and the NATO summit set for Madrid in three weeks and the Turkish initiative to create a corridor to ensure grain exports were among the topics discussed, according to Lipavsky, adding that his country supported Ukraine since the start of the war.

Lipavsky said that he was convinced Finland and Sweden joining NATO would not only be a symbol of unity before the Russian aggression but would also boost the alliance’s defense capabilities.

As NATO allies with common interests and shared values, Turkey is “willing to make sincere efforts” to enhance relations with the Czech Republic, according to the Turkish foreign minister.