Erdogan pledges to work for peace at Astana summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country intends to continue its peace efforts between Russia and Ukraine despite the difficulties on the ground.

Erdogan made the comments Thursday in Astana, Kazakhstan – where he is attending a regional summit – ahead of a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Our goal is to build on the momentum that has been achieved and end the bloodshed as soon as possible,” Erdogan said in his speech at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Buildings in Asia summit. .

He was referring to the deals Turkey helped broker that allowed Ukrainians to resume grain exports and led to a prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia.

“We are all closely feeling the effects of the crisis in Ukraine on a regional and global scale,” Erdogan said. “I always say that a just peace can be established with diplomacy, that there are no winners in war and no losers in a just peace.”

Turkey has maintained close ties with Moscow and Kyiv and has repeatedly offered to hold peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.

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Christi C. Elwood