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Invasion of Ukraine: Lavrov-Kuleba talks begin in Antalya

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The first critical meeting after the outbreak of war UkraineRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is currently with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

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A meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu is taking place in Antalya, Turkey, at a hotel in a neighboring country especially loved by Russian tourists.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister arrived in Antalya the previous morning, where he was received by the Turkish Foreign Minister.

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An hour earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov had arrived. The meeting is being held at the Regnum Carya Hotel, which hosted the 2015 G-20 Conference.

Ukraine, Lavrov and Savosoklu
© Turkish Foreign Ministry via Cem Ozdel / AP

As can be seen from the photo posts before the meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian foreign ministers, separate talks were held between Chavozuklu and Lavrov and Kuleba.

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Photos of Chaosoklu’s meeting with the Russian delegation:

Photo of Chaosoklu’s meeting with the Ukrainian delegation:

Photo of Chavosoklov's meeting with Ukrainian delegation in Antalya.

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For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt avuşoλουlu hopes for a decision that will lead to a ceasefire and a permanent solution.

Peshkov: Ukrainian-Russian FMs discuss possible Zhelensky-Putin four-four

According to the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov, the Ukrainian side is pushing for a summit between two presidents, Volodymyr Zhelensky and Vladimir Putin.

Putin’s spokesman added that the issue had been raised during talks between Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers Dmitry Kuleba and Sergei Lavrov.

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The long-awaited meeting, which could greatly determine the next steps, comes at a time when both sides appear to be in the mood to see a diplomatic solution from yesterday.

In fact, this climate seemed to affect international markets, which marked a sharp recovery in anticipation of an escalation of the situation, while oil prices fell sharply.

Gulepa did not have high expectations

Mr. Kouleba yesterday promised to do everything in his power to make the talks “as effective as possible”, however, noting that his expectations were “limited”.

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“I do not have much faith, but we will do everything we can to get the most out of it,” he said, warning that “everything depends on the instructions Lavrov received before the talks.”

The atmosphere can be very tense. Speaking to CNN, the Ukrainian foreign minister recently described his Russian ally as a “modern ribbon drop,” referring to the minister of Hitler’s regime during World War II.

Mr Lavrov is making his first trip to Antalya after the outbreak of war, as Moscow appears to have been isolated in the face of Western sanctions. He is expected to arrive in the Turkish coastal city in the afternoon.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister: “We are only discussing Russia’s surrender”

Russia has demanded that Ukraine suspend its military operations, change its constitution to include NATO or EU neutral status, recognize Crimea as a Russian territory and recognize the independence of separatists. However, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Verostchuk, speaking on BBC Newsnight last night, described Moscow’s conditions as “ultimatums”: “Only one debate must take place: Russia’s surrender.”

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“I think there has to be a meeting, a dialogue, to put forward the demands.” But, of course, the final warnings set by Russia are unacceptable: recognizing Crimea, recognizing the divided democracies as independent nations, is completely impossible. ”

“Of course our territory cannot be changed and the constitution must be amended. How can we look the Ukrainian people in the eye and leave quietly a part of sovereign independent Ukraine? How to look into the eyes of our children? It is aggression, not only against Ukraine as you can clearly see. “This is a challenge for the whole world.”

When asked what Ukraine expects from the West, the Ukrainian deputy prime minister responded: “We want them to help us implement the no-fly zone, at least above the critical infrastructure. We want air defense systems.” , He said: “And is it true that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is no longer under our control? Don’t you think this is a nuclear conflict with Russia? Putin escalates the controversy, he knows. Who do you think they are targeting? Against President Zelensky or President Biden?

The gap between Ukraine and Russia is wide

As Ukrainian Presidential Deputy Ihor Zoikia told Bloomberg, the Ukrainian side has sent a message that it may be willing to compromise on Russia’s demand for future neutrality of its western neighbors, but only if Kiev receives protection.

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However, differences in other areas, such as Russia’s regional claims, seem to bridge some parts of Ukraine. Countries such as the United States, Turkey or Ukraine’s neighbors can act as guarantors, but Volodymyr Zhelensky’s party said on Tuesday that it should join NATO.

Many analysts believe that the Kremlin was surprised by the casualties recorded so far by Russian forces and the fierce opposition of the Ukrainians, which counted as a quick victory. However, Moscow has not reduced its list of demands. “So far there has been no significant change in the position of the Russian negotiations,” said Alexander Kapugov, of the Moscow Center for Carnegie. “I hope Putin will have more influence on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” he added.

Analysts say as long as Russia insists on its regional claims, no further progress can be expected as the issue is a line for the Ukrainian leadership and people. “If we lose what we lost in this war, it will be a disgraceful solution to restore Ukraine’s regional integrity, and it would be tantamount to surrender,” said Mikhail Vinitsky, a professor at the University of Kiev-Moxila. Oleksandr Doniluk, head of the Center for Defense Reforms in Ukraine, added: “The Ukrainian community will not accept concessions. This war is a people’s, a national war.

In Antalya and President of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Warning bell Nuclear security means the International Atomic Energy Agency During the meeting in Antalya, to the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Ukraine.

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Rafael Grossi said the two ministers would meet today with the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to consider talks aimed at “improving the security urgency of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.” Via Twitter.

In the wake of the fire at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant amid hostilities in the region, Grossi promised a tripartite conference with representatives of Moscow and Kyiv. For the protection of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.

The mediating role of the “smart neutral” sought by Turkey

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has stepped up his mediation efforts since the outbreak of the crisis, promised on Wednesday that Turkey could “talk to both Ukraine and Russia.” “We are working to prevent this crisis from turning into a tragedy,” he added.

The White House announced last night that the Turkish president will speak with his US President Joe Biden at 17:00 (Greek time).

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Turkey, a NATO member, is considered an ally of Ukraine and also supplies unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). At the same time maintaining relations with Russia, it attracts many tourists and from where it provides grains and energy.

Ahead of a phone call with Joe Biden, Mr Erdogan called for a ceasefire with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday.

According to the Russian diplomatic representative, the talks in Antalya were recorded after Russia noticed “progress” in talks with Ukraine on the Belarus border yesterday.

Maria Zakharova also stressed that Moscow was not trying to “overthrow the Ukrainian government.”

However, many analysts are skeptical of the war, which has already turned more than two million Ukrainians into refugees.

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“Any initiative can help, but I do not expect any immediate success,” said Aaron Stein, director of the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Berg Essen, of the German Institute for International Relations and Security, warns that “to reach an agreement, both sides must make painful compromises.”

Mr Erdogan can be proud that he was able to hold the meeting on a “neutral basis”, while Sonar Kakabtai, a researcher at the Washington Institute, admitted he would be “really surprised” if there was any agreement in Antalya.

He recalled that other leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett, had taken initiatives to resolve the crisis.

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Since the outbreak of the crisis, Ankara has maintained a very delicate balance between the warring parties and has been able to maintain open communication channels.

“We will not abandon Kiev or Moscow,” Erdogan said, condemning Russia’s “unacceptable” invasion of Ukraine in the early days of the war.

However, unlike the West, it has not announced sanctions on Russia, while keeping its air and sea routes open.

“Neutrality in this process has allowed Turkey to be at the center of the diplomatic game,” Berg Essen said. Whatever the outcome of the meeting, it is a “major diplomatic victory” for the Turkish government, and its relations with the West have been the subject of much turmoil in recent years, the German analyst said.

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