Turkey asserts Russia and Ukraine might be nearing an agreement on ‘critical issues’

According to a report from Turkey’s foreign minister, Russia and Ukraine might be nearing an agreement on “critical issues” needed to facilitate peace.

This comes as war between Ukraine and Russia is about to complete its fourth week and devastation across Ukraine is growing.

The Washington Examiner reported that “Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has played a notable role in negotiations between Ukraine and Russia amid the war, including meetings with Russia’s and Ukraine’s foreign ministers in the last week. Now, he’s claiming that negotiations may improve soon.

The foreign minister claims that there has been “rapprochement in the positions of both sides on important subjects, critical subjects,” according to an interview published on Sunday in the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

“We can say we are hopeful for a ceasefire if the sides do not take a step back from the current positions,” the minister added, although he did not elaborate further on those positions.

The demands that Kalin mentioned resemble demands that the Kremlin released early in March that they want to end the invasion of Ukraine.

Included in the list is a demand for the “de-Nazification” of Ukraine and references the presence in Ukraine of neo-Nazi organizations like the Azov Regiment.

According to the Examiner, however, “Russia has spread misinformation about the regiment, alleging some civilian sites that Russia bombed were actually Azov bases.”

The nation of Turkey hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on March 10 for a meeting in an attempt to engage in negotiations.

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