Erdoğan tries to stop Russia-Ukraine war
Eight months after the Russia-Ukraine war, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position is believed to have softened slightly. Recently, in some areas of the battlefield, the Russian forces have retreated due to counterattacks by Ukraine. Meanwhile, after five months last Friday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the phone.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to mediate between Russia and Ukraine to end the war. He said last Friday that Putin seemed more flexible than ever on the Ukraine war. It seems that his position on reconciliation talks is more open than before. Therefore, Erdoğan is optimistic about ending the ongoing war through possible negotiations. He said, we are not giving up hope. BBC news.
Russian Defense Ministry Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also found justification for Erdogan’s words. He told reporters last Friday that Putin has been ready for talks from the beginning, and that position has not changed. You must remember that even before the start of special military operations in Ukraine, President Putin took the initiative to start negotiations with NATO and the United States.
He added that when Russian-Ukraine mediators came close to agreeing on a proposal, Putin was ready to compromise. The position of the Russian president is still unchanged. But the position of Ukrainians has changed. Ukraine’s laws now stand in the way of reconciliation.
Washington will seriously consider all diplomatic efforts with Russia to stop the war. But at the moment there are no signs that Russia is interested in meaningful dialogue.
Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview that they are interested in negotiating with the United States or Turkey to end the war. But eight months into the war, Russia has not received any significant proposals for reconciliation.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had their first telephone conversation since last May on Friday. Both countries issued separate statements after the phone call.
As Russian-Ukrainian mediators came close to agreeing on a proposal, Putin was ready to compromise. The position of the Russian president is still unchanged. But the position of Ukrainians has changed. Ukraine’s laws now stand in the way of reconciliation.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the two defense ministers discussed the international security crisis. The situation in Ukraine has gained special importance in the discussion. On the other hand, according to the Pentagon statement, Austin emphasized the importance of continuing communication between Russia and the United States amid the war against Ukraine.
It was the second phone conversation between top Russian-US defense officials since the start of the Ukraine conflict. Earlier, on May 13, the defense ministers of the two countries spoke on the phone. At that time, the US Defense Minister called for an immediate ceasefire. In that telephone conversation, he stressed the importance of continuing relations between Russia and the United States. At that time, Russian forces withdrew from the Kiev region, but were slowly advancing into the eastern Donbass and northeastern Kharkiv. They also formed a unified position in the southern part of Ukraine.