Türkiye and US discuss ways to end Russian aggression in Ukraine

Anthony Blinken met with Hakan Fidan
Anthony Blinken met with Hakan Fidan

Turkish and U.S. officials held talks in Washington; Russia’s war in Ukraine was among the topics discussed, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said, Reuters reported on March 9.

The officials of the countries held several rounds of talks on such topics as Syria, Ukraine, and Gaza, defense industry cooperation, energy, and counterterrorism, Fidan said.

He also discussed ways to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, reiterating that Ankara believed it was time to discuss paths toward an end to the war but that Turkey did not see this willingness from Kyiv and Moscow, Reuters said.

“We need a basis for talking, for this war to stop, and a dialogue to prevent worse crises, and we call for this,” he said.

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The NATO allies started the meetings, dubbed the Strategic Mechanism, on March 7 to discuss efforts to move beyond deep policy disagreements and improve cooperation in other areas, Reuters said.

Ties between the allies have been strained in recent years amid growing disagreements over a range of issues, although relations have since gained momentum following Ankara’s approval of Sweden’s bid to join NATO.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Istanbul on March 8, where he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. During the meeting, the leaders discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation and joint defense manufacturing projects.

Erdoğan said he wants to hold a peace summit with Russia. Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine does not see Russia at the peace summit yet.

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