Erdogan urges Zelensky to relaunch ceasefire talks with Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, to revive ceasefire talks with Russia.

The Turkish presidency said Erdogan had discussed, in a phone call with Zelensky, the latest developments regarding the Russo-Ukrainian war and the grain corridor, and clarified that including the issue of the ceasefire in the negotiating path “will be in everyone’s interest.”

The presidency added that Erdogan thanked his Ukrainian counterpart for his “constructive stance” regarding the extension of the Istanbul grain export deal, which was brokered by the United Nations.

Erdogan told Zelensky that both the grain export deal and the prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine are positive and that “extending this agreement at the negotiating table” would benefit all parties.

Yesterday the Kremlin considered that the suffering of civilians in Ukraine, facing power outages in midwinter after the Russian bombing of energy infrastructure, both a “consequence” of the refusal to Kyiv to negotiate with Moscow.

“This is a result of the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side to resolve the issue, to enter into negotiations and its refusal to seek common ground,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. in answer to a question about the power outages of millions of Ukrainians.

He also accused Ukraine of changing its position in regarding the conduct of interviews pace between the two countries, he said he did not expect to start public negotiations with it and called on Washington to push Kiev towards diplomacy.

Peskov claimed in a conference call with reporters that the United States is in able to take account of Russia’s concerns and can encourage Kiev to return to the negotiating table if it so chooses.

He added that Ukraine has changed its stance on willingness to negotiate with Moscow several times during the nearly nine-month-long conflict and cannot be relied on.

Peskov told reporters: “First they negotiate, then they refuse to negotiate, then they issue a law prohibiting any kind of negotiations, and then they say they want negotiations, but public negotiations.”

“Therefore it is difficult to imagine open negotiations – he added – One thing is certain: the Ukrainians do not want any negotiations”.

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