According to Podolyak, the reaction of the Russian side to such an offer of mediation from Turkey demonstrates that Moscow realizes how significant the weight of the Turkish side is.Zelensky commented on Erdogan’s proposal / photo from UNIAN
The President’s Office commented on Turkey’s offer to act as a mediator in negotiations between Ukraine and Russia .
The adviser to the head of the OP Mikhail Podolyak told about this in the commentary to UNIAN.
“It is no secret to anyone that negotiations on the return of peace to Ukraine are openly stalled because of the extremely unconstructive position of the Russian side, which uses various methods to level the previous agreements and even allows itself to humiliate European mediators,” he said.
In particular, Podolyak mentioned that the Russian side recently published a “very strange or even offensive” correspondence between the Russian Foreign Ministry and European intermediary institutions.
In his opinion, this can only be interpreted as a demarche aimed at complicating the negotiation process as much as possible.
“Against this background, the proposal of the Turkish President about his mediation in the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia looks especially powerful and timely,” said the adviser to the head of the OP.
He stressed that Turkey is “a powerful political player with global ambitions, which is not only accustomed to an active international role, but also has significant regional significance.” Podolyak is confident that the Turkish president has sufficient political weight to prevent “fraud in the negotiations with his participation.”
“Full knowledge of the characteristics of the region, absolutely understanding of the implications and motives of the parties, the ability to defend its word – all this allows Turkey to be an arbiter in such contacts and help in resolving both political and humanitarian issues, in particular the release of persons who are being held,” he added he.
According to Podolyak, the reaction of the Russian side to such an offer of mediation from Turkey demonstrates that Moscow realizes how significant the weight of the Turkish side is.
“It is humiliating for Russia to avoid such an intermediary. And vice versa, for Ukraine, and Vladimir Alexandrovich has very warm personal relations with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, this is definitely an opportunity to come up with promising solutions,” he said.
What exactly does Erdogan offer
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Turkish President officially proposed his candidacy as a mediator between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in the negotiations on the Donbass. Erdogan made this statement during an interview with the Turkish edition of NTV, answering a question about the concerns of many countries over the accumulation of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.