In a long interview with American TV PBs, Turkish President Erdogan made it known that Putin would be willing to end the war in Ukraine as soon as possible: “The way things are going now is rather problematic”.
Vladimir Putin intends to close the war in Ukraine “as soon as possible”.
This is the indiscretion made known by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently met with the Kremlin leader in Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
“We had very in-depth discussions with him – explained Erdogan in the course of an interview with the American TV Pbs, reported by the British media -. And he is showing me that he is willing to put an end to this situation as soon as possible. This was mine. impression, because the way things are going now is rather problematic; 200 hostages will be exchanged following an agreement between the parties. I think it will take a significant step forward “.
Erdogan refers to the agreement for the exchange of 200 prisoners of war between Moscow and Kiev, “the most important, in numerical terms, since the beginning of the conflict”, which Turkey has tried to mediate in recent days, and which could be the keystone for the resolution of the war.
The Turkish president also added: “I still have the desire to bring Putin and Zelensky to the same table, I want to listen to them both. I have not succeeded, but I have not lost hope of succeeding”. Erdogan also called for the “return to Kiev of all the invaded lands, including Crimea. We have been talking to my dear friend since 2014 and have repeatedly asked him to leave it. But unfortunately, no progress has been made in this case”.
Meanwhile, the pro-Russian parliament in Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine, has approved the referendum to join Russia, which will be held between 23 and 27 September. The same decision was made in the nearby self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia region.
“These referendums are of great importance not only for the systemic protection of the residents of the Republic of Luhansk and Donetsk and other liberated territories, but also for the restoration of historical justice”, was the comment of the Vice President of the Russian Security Council. Dmitri Medvedev, on Telegram. “The invasion of the territory of Russia is a crime that allows the use of all self-defense forces”, he added, explaining that for this reason the referendums “are so feared in Kyiv and in the West” and “must be held”.