Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is not against direct talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. Cavusoglu has said as much to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while speaking at a Thursday press conference in Antalya, following the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia and Turkey.
“It’s been said that Zelensky is ready for this kind of meeting, and Putin is not against it in principle. Putin also mentioned this idea to President Erdoğan,” Cavusoglu said at the press conference.
Cavusoglu also said the face-to-face meeting between Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov — facilitated and held in Turkey earlier Thursday, and which resulted in no breakthroughs — was at least a start.
“No one should expect miracles with one meeting, but a ministerial level meeting is an important start”, the Turkish foreign minister said.