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Erdogan: Contacts with Putin and Zelensky are going in a positive direction

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that the contacts with his Russian counterparts, Vladimir Putin and the Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky, are going “in a positive direction.”

This came at a press conference, on Monday, after the government meeting at the Presidential Compound in the capital Ankara, according to the official TRT Haber news website, which was followed by Al-Ain News.

Erdogan indicated that they will hold a short meeting with the Russian and Ukrainian delegations before their meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday.

“Turkey is almost the only country that has made sincere efforts to resolve the current crisis in the Ukraine-Russia war since 2014 through dialogue, reconciliation and agreement, and I can say that the diplomatic efforts I made with Putin and Zelensky are moving in a positive direction,” he added.

Earlier today, the Russian delegation arrived in Istanbul, in preparation for a negotiating meeting with its Ukrainian counterpart.

The plane carrying the Russian delegation landed at the city’s Ataturk International Airport, before the delegation moved to their place of residence.

The Ukrainian delegation is expected to arrive later on Monday.

The negotiations are scheduled to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Dolmabahce Palace in the Turkish city, at 10:30 local time (07:30 GMT) and will last for two days, in the second round of negotiations between the two parties hosted by Turkey after of the first meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries on March 10.

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed that Istanbul would host the next negotiation meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations.

Turkey, which maintains good relations with Russia and Ukraine at the same time, is making every effort to resolve the crisis between Moscow and kyiv and reach a ceasefire agreement.

Ankara entered the Russo-Ukrainian crisis early, moving as part of diplomatic efforts, in an effort to blow out the fuse of the war, which began on February 24 last.

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