Turkey urges Latin American leaders to convince Putin and Zelensky to discuss ending the war
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu insisted this weekend that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was leading a series of efforts to arrange a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
The words of Turkey‘s top diplomat came after he completed a tour of Latin American countries, where he claimed to have garnered enough support from local leaders in this regard.
“Our president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] conducts negotiations with the two leaders,” Çavuşoğlu said.
“We sincerely continue our efforts. Our president also calls them when necessary, while they call him,” he added.
Regarding the possible involvement of NATO in the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Çavuşoğlu explained that the position of the alliance of which his country is a member was clear: it does not “intend to s involved in the Ukrainian conflict…, [but] in the event of the smallest attack on an ally, we will respond adequately.
According to Çavuşoğlu, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced his willingness to organize a visit of the leaders of a number of states, including Erdogan, to Russia for a settlement of the situation in Ukraine.
“Venezuela has good relations with Russia. Brazil and Venezuela have declared that the war must be stopped. The Brazilian president said that if it benefits President Erdogan, he could organize a visit to Moscow jointly with the leaders of several states. We have said that we would like to contribute to these efforts. We will address the issue and give an answer,” Çavuşoğlu added according to Sabah newspaper quoted by Russian news service TASS.
However, Çavuşoğlu did not provide any details on when such a visit might take place and who might attend.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not rule out a meeting between Putin and Zelensky, adding, however, that it would need to be properly prepared to be successful.
Çavuşoğlu’s other stages in Latin America seemed to have yielded better results than the poor image he left in Montevideo with his far-right gestures.