Erdogan: ‘Lands which were invaded will be returned to Ukraine’

KYIV INDEPENDENT

September 20, 2022 10:00am

By The Kyiv Independent news desk

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan toldPBS Newshour that Russian President Vladimir Putin is willing to talk to Ukraine after Kyiv’s lighting counteroffensive pushed Russian troops out of Kharkiv Oblast.

“He (Vladimir Putin) is actually showing me that he’s willing to end this as soon as possible. That was my impression because the way things are going right now is quite problematic.” Erdogan said.

According to Erdogan, Russia must return all land it had occupied, including Crimea. “If peace is going to be established in Ukraine, of course, returning the land that was invaded will become really important. This is what is expected,” he added. “No invasion can be justified,” said Erdogan.

Erdogan also said he “asked (Putin) to return Crimea to its rightful owners.”

The Turkish president added that as a first step, “200 hostages will be exchanged upon an agreement” between Ukraine and Russia.

Comment from KI reader Atle Vorochek-Finsrud:

Did Recep Tayyip Erdogan get any kind of answer from Putin?
After the question about “If Russia in fact will be returning Crimea to its rightful owners?”

2 comments

    • One sad commentary that seems to be consistent through the years is after ALL these meetings with the little KGB zit there is never any quotes from what he said. He must go into these discussions saying, “I will speak, you will listen and not speak. The Kremlin will release the information.” And what leaders would go along with that? I have never understood that. From Tymoshenko to Poroshenko and from Merkel to Obama, nobody talks about what Putin said. He can’t possibly have Kompromat on everyone…

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