The Kremlin expects that at a meeting in Astana, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will officially outline to Russian President Vladimir Putin Ankara’s latest initiatives to resolve the situation in Ukraine. This was stated by the assistant to the head of the Russian state Yuri Ushakov, reports TASS.
He noted that Turkey “is trying and quite successfully fulfilling” a mediating role in the context of issues related to Ukraine.
In this regard, Ushakov recalled that at present, many say that Ankara is ready to come up with other initiatives in the context of the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. There are various reports in the press that the Turkish side is putting forward specific proposals on this matter, the assistant to the Russian leader continued.
He admitted that Erdogan would actively raise this topic during the meeting in Astana. The assistant to the head of the Russian Federation expressed the hope that there would be “a very interesting and useful discussion.”
“Basically, several initiatives are discussed in the press – firstly, the Turks offer their mediation and proceed from the fact that if there are any negotiations and contacts, they will take place on their territory – in Istanbul or Ankara. I think that we can expect Erdogan to officially set out the proposals that are now multiplying in the media. Various formats are mentioned there: Russia, the USA, the leading countries of Western Europe. But this is all so far nothing more than press reports, ”said Ushakov.
He added that everything goes to the fact that the Turkish side will not miss its opportunities and “will offer something.”
Earlier, the official representative of the Turkish President, Ibrahim Kalin, said that Erdogan expects to talk with Putin about the prospects for Ankara’s mediation in resolving the conflict in Ukraine.
Prior to this, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin would meet with Erdogan on October 13. According to him, during the talks, the leaders, in particular, will discuss the situation around Ukraine.