The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due in Ukraine to try to act as a mediator between Russia and Ukraine

2022-05-01 0 By

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive in the Ukrainian capital later on February 3, hoping to act as a mediator between Russia and Ukraine as the crisis in the country intensifies.According to France 24 television reported On Wednesday, Erdogan will go to Kiev on Wednesday to attend an economic forum.It quoted policy analysts as saying Mr Erdogan would present himself as a neutral partner.”As a Black Sea country, we invite all parties to exercise restraint and dialogue in order to guarantee regional peace.””We are closely following the situation, and we have expressed our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine on every platform,” Mr. Erdogan said at a news conference at Ankara’s Eisenboga airport before departing for Ukraine.Although Turkey and Russia have obvious differences on some issues, the relationship between the two countries is considered to be “competitive cooperation”, the report said.At the same time, Turkey’s relations with Ukraine are warming, with Turkey selling Ukraine a number of drones in recent years that have been confirmed by the Ukrainian military as being used in the Donbas conflict.On January 18, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey was ready to play a role in easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.To that end, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Kiev in the next few weeks for talks with His Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, while Ankara maintains contact with Russia to “avoid any military action”.On January 27, the Kremlin confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would visit Turkey.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Putin would announce the date of his visit to Ankara after his trip to Beijing.(This article is from thepaper.cn. For more original news, please download thepaper.cn APP.)