March 28, 2023

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Putin said Erdogan wanted to end the war with Ukraine as soon as possible and announced a 200 prisoner exchange.

A bus transports surrendered Ukrainian forces in Mariupol (Reuters/File)

Russia and Ukraine Agreed to continue a Exchange of 200 prisonersThe Turkish president said on Monday night. Recep Tayyip ErdoganVladimir Putin also said he was ready to end the invasion soon.

Soon 200 prisoners will be exchanged by agreement between the two sides”, confirmed the Turkish president to the American chain PBS.

The President assumed that A “significant” improvement in competition.

The president did not give further details about the deal or the details of the detainees involved, for example if they are civilians or military.

Erdoğan, who He met Russian President Vladimir Putin last week At the regional summit held in Uzbekistan, He insisted that he wanted to end the war as soon as possible.

“I met with President Putin in Uzbekistan and we had very detailed discussions. And he has shown me that he is ready to finish this quickly. That was my thought, because the way things are going now is very complicated.” He pointed out.

Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin (via Reuters)
Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin (via Reuters)

Erdogan has shown his desire to end the war “with a mutual agreement” and insists he does not want to take sides. Nothing justifies a Russian invasionMoscow was required to withdraw from the occupied territory and preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

Asked if Putin was wrong to invade Ukraine, Erdogan responded: “No leader would say it was wrong, he was wrong.”

Allegations against the Russian military were due Massacres during the invasionErdogan pointed out that there were pro-Russian civilian victims and that the United Nations should be the body to determine what happened, insisting: “We cannot take sides. It would not be right for us to do so.”

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The Turkish president has been able to maintain his relationship with Moscow and Kyiv since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, and has continued to offer his mediation in the conflict. “Finding an agreement that satisfies everyone” is essential.

Exhumation of bodies in the Izium area of ​​Kharkiv, a region recently liberated by Ukrainian forces (Reuters)
Exhumation of bodies in the Izium area of ​​Kharkiv, a region recently liberated by Ukrainian forces (Reuters)

However, there should be a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine It is necessary to return the territories occupied by Moscow. “That is expected,” Erdogan said in the interview, assuring that he and NATO Secretary General Antonio Guterres were “working on it.”

Ankara has called for Crimea to be returned to Ukraine since Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014, Erdogan recalled, adding that the Turkish-speaking Tatar minority lives there.

At a recent summit in Samarkand, Putin acknowledged that China and India had expressed “concerns” about the war in Ukraine launched by Moscow on February 24.

Putin told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the summit that he would do everything in his power to end the conflict in Ukraine as soon as possible.

“I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine and the concerns you often express. We will do everything to end it as soon as possible,” Putin told Modi at a meeting in Uzbek. The Kremlin leader assured that it was Ukraine that refused to negotiate with Russia.

Erdogan arrived in New York on Saturday, where he is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly this Tuesday.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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