Ankara, 7 October 2022 (TDI): Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkiye yearned for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The president of Turkiye spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone.

The two leaders discussed the matters relevant to the enhancement of bilateral relations. They also talked about the current developments in the Russia-Ukraine war.

President Erdogan reiterated that Turkiye is ready to play a part in the settlement of peaceful resolution of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. He further stated that it desired to draft an agreement that will take the interests of both warring states into consideration.

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Role of Turkiye in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Since the commencement of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the Republic of Turkiye has tried hard to play the part of mediator. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly stated that diplomacy is the way forward.

As a result of these efforts, Türkiye, the United Nations, Russia, and Ukraine reached an agreement. The “Ankara-brokered agreement” was signed in Istanbul on July 2022.

The treaty proclaimed the resumption of grain exports from the Grain Corridor. The Corridor consists of three ports located in the Black Sea in Ukraine. Since the outbreak of the conflict, the flow of consignments was terminated through this corridor.

The blockade of the passage prompted apprehensions about a global food crisis. On 2nd October 2022, the foreign ministers of Turkiye and Ukraine met to discuss the development of mutual collaboration. The representatives of both states also reiterated the significance of the smooth functioning of the grain corridors for the regional states.

Türkiye has also played a mediating role in the prisoner exchange between both states. The process indicated the balanced stand of Turkiye in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The country also put its efforts into bringing together foreign ministers of warring states in a top-level meeting.