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President Erdogan’s chief adviser, Ilnur Cevik, explained how Turkey tried to preserve peace between the two nations. Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are set to take place on Tuesday with officials in Turkey, the latest round of such talks in more than a month of conflict. Mr. Cevik explained that the Ukrainians wanted a solution to end their suffering and that Russia had to find a solution because their country is facing major problems due to the sanctions imposed by Western governments. Turkey’s chief adviser claimed that Turkey was the only country talking to both sides.
Mr Cevik told the BBC’s Today programme: “Well, Turkey is an honest broker here, they are doing their best to preserve peace in the region.
“So it deters everyone from falling into provocations, it tells Ukrainians that he is being provoked by others outside.
“So Turkey is telling both sides to calm down, Turkey is in the middle, it’s a bridge of peace between Ukraine and Russia.
“And Turkey is the only country that speaks to both.”
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Host Mishal Husain said: “And do you think, as things stand now after more than a month of fighting, that there is a will to find space for a ceasefire of the two sides?”
Mr Cevik added: “Yes, because Ukrainians are suffering, it is obvious that they want a solution.
“The Russians at first, we didn’t think they were really ready for anything.
“But now we see that the Russians may be too after being bogged down in Ukraine for a month.
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“And it wasn’t a quick operation so… They didn’t find a solution, and it’s a heavy toll on the Russian economy.
“I meant the sanctions, the pressure on Russia, they’re isolated, so now that they can’t get what they want, they can aim for the best they can get.”
Many political commentators hope that Putin will end the brutal assault on Ukraine after the peace talks in Turkey because Putin and Erdogan are friends despite Turkey being a member of NATO.
Russia has already given weapons and ammunition to Turkey.
Bloomberg Television Europe Correspondent Maria Tadeo said on Twitter: “Erdogan – hosting Ukrainian and Russian negotiators – says he expects ‘good news’ from today’s peace talks in Istanbul. Adding: it’s time to get real results.”
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Ukrainian officials have now landed in Turkey for peace talks.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister, said: “We are not exchanging people, land or sovereignty.
“The minimum program will be humanitarian issues, and the maximum program is to reach an agreement on a ceasefire.”
Many political leaders have speculated that Russia would expect Ukraine to give up Crimea and Donbass, while agreeing to stop considering NATO membership.
A government adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “Intensive consultations are taking place at the moment on some important issues, the most important of which is the agreement on international security guarantees for Ukraine, because with this agreement, we can end the war. Ukraine needs,” political adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told state television.
“The second issue is a ceasefire to solve all the humanitarian problems that have accumulated.”