Guterres and Erdogan reaffirm their “goal” to stop the war in Ukraine “as soon as possible”. The UN secretary general will travel to Moscow and kyiv to meet with both Putin and Zelensky. Ukraine rejects the corridor proposed by Russia to evacuate civilians, considering that “they do not provide security”.
The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have reaffirmed on Monday their “goal” to stop the war in Ukraine “as soon as possible” . Guterres and Erdogan have met in the Turkish capital, Ankara, before the NATO secretary general travels to Moscow and kyiv to meet with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Volodimir Zelensky, respectively.
In a statement, the United Nations has detailed that Guterres has expressed his “support” for the diplomatic efforts undertaken by Ankara in the framework of the invasion and have agreed on his intention to “create the conditions” necessary to end the suffering of civilians. .
In addition, both have underlined the “urgent need” for humanitarian corridors to be opened for the evacuation of civilians and for the “necessary assistance” for the communities affected by the conflict to arrive effectively. Guterres and Erdogan have discussed the impact of the Ukraine war on a range of regional and global issues, including energy, food and the economy. In addition, they have agreed to stay in touch.
Turkey is acting as a mediator between the parties to the conflict in Ukraine. At the beginning of March, it hosted a meeting between the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia, Dimitro Kuleba and Sergei Lavrov, respectively.
This role as Ankara’s interlocutor has been applauded by the UN Secretary General himself , who in a phone call on March 14 thanked Erdogan for his role in the search for peace between Russia and Ukraine.