Erdogan tells Putin to be ‘the architect of peace’

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will ask Russian leader Vladimir Putin to be an “architect of peace” and stop the war in Ukraine, Turkish media reported on Friday.

Erdogan, who has been trying to broker peace between Moscow and Kyiv, made the comments while returning from an emergency NATO summit in Brussels.

Erdogan said he would phone Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky on Friday and speak to Putin over the weekend or early next week, in comments carried by private broadcaster NTV and other outlets.

“We should say (to Putin) that you should be the architect of the move towards peace,” Erdogan said.

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“We should look for a way to solve this problem by telling him ‘get an honorable start’,” said the Turkish leader, who has had direct talks with Putin.

An ally of kyiv and a member of NATO, Turkey tried to broker peace while refusing to join Western sanctions against Russia.

Erdogan also said he would review the results of the NATO summit with Putin and Zelensky.

NATO announced Thursday new deployments of troops in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria and a plan to strengthen chemical and nuclear defenses.

Erodgan also said that Russia and Ukraine appear to have reached an agreement on four of the six negotiating points: Ukraine’s withdrawal from NATO, the use of Russian in Ukraine, disarmament and guarantees. of security.

“Of course, Ukraine is a state. It is out of the question (for Kyiv) to accept disarmament from A to Z, but the Ukrainian side said that compromises could be made there,” Erdogan said.

But he said Ukraine was not so flexible with the status of the pro-Russian breakaway region of Donbass and Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Turkey this month hosted the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers in the southern resort town of Antalya.

Erdogan has repeatedly said that his country is ready for a meeting between Putin and Zelensky.

Michael J. Chiaramonte