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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during an exceptional Organization of Turkic States session in Ankara that the nation will continue its attempts to facilitate discussions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky.
"The grain agreement and prisoner swap, made possible via our mediation, demonstrated that the parties in the Ukrainian crisis are capable of finding common ground. We want a just peace in Ukraine, and I am in daily communication with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [Ukrainian leader Vladimir] Zelensky. I will continue to try to arrange meetings between them "The Turkish president emphasized this.
At a press conference on January 11, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia has always been willing to address problems through diplomacy. At the same time, he underlined that Ukrainian laws forbade the country's president from participating in discussion with the Moscow, and Western powers "are unwilling to give Kiev any leeway in this regard. " "We cannot tell if there are any chances [of discussions with Ukraine]," Peskov stressed.
Turkey has volunteered to mediate between the two sides and hold peace negotiations since the crisis began, emphasizing its support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. While Ankara has resisted international measures aimed at isolating Moscow, it has also closed its straits to prevent certain Russian ships from passing through. Turkey facilitated a prisoner exchange between the warring parties and is one of the most active countries seeking to establish a sustainable cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia.
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