Erdogan meets with Zelenskyy and Guterres in Lviv
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Lviv, Ukraine, on Thursday.
Possible ways to end the Russian-Ukrainian War, the Ukrainian grain exports, and the situation regarding Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant were reportedly discussed in the meeting.
In a press conference held after the meeting, Erdogan said that they discussed ways to end the conflict and that he maintains the belief that the war will eventually end in the negotiating table. He also said that they talked about the exchange of prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine.
Turkey, even though it is a NATO member, did not join Western sanctions against Russia and maintained good relations, seeking to act as the mediator between Russia and Ukraine.
Guterres expressed his concern about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant that was captured by Russian forces in the first phase of the war. Moscow later said that they could shut down the plant. According to Kyiv, this could lead to a nuclear catastrophe.
Guterres said that the facility should not be involved in any military operation and its safety should be ensured.