Ankara, 18 March 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba has asked Türkiye to be a mediator cum guarantor along with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany against any future deal with Russia.

Ukraine has proposed an offer on the collective security accord, which was accepted by the P5 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council), Turkey, and Germany.

Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu stated during the visit to the Ukrainian city of Lviv that No objection has been made by the Russian Federation in this regard.

The five permanent UN Security Council members are China, France, Russia, Britain, and the United States. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has thanked his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba after a closed-door meeting for having him on such “difficult days.

He told that hopes for a ceasefire have increased after trips to both Russia and Ukraine. A meeting between Russian and Ukrainian leaders is possible if they agree on the subject matter wherein Ankara sees rapprochement.

Further, he told that they wanted to come to Lviv, especially on these stressful days, to demonstrate their solidarity with their vital partner Ukraine. Cavusoglu went on to say that he was grieved after seeing many people waiting on the road and at border crossings on his route to Lviv via Poland.

Diplomatic Efforts by Türkiye

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that he hoped for an altruistic ceasefire in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, where he said more than 100 Turkish citizens were still located.

Cavusoglu stated that he had proposed a 24-hour ceasefire that would be supervised by humanitarian groups. Cavusoglu emphasized that the dispute must end as soon as possible, saying that the carnage and tears must be stopped.

Further, he added that Turkish efforts have been intensifying in this direction since the first day. Cavusoglu further reiterated Turkey’s full support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine’s View

Prior to a closed-door meeting, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba has expressed gratitude for Türkiye’s active participation in bringing the two warring states together for reconciliation.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister informed his Turkish colleague that his dedication, courage, and personal travel to Lviv demonstrate that Türkiye is an active actor and that “it is willing to invest in bringing peace” to Ukraine’s relationships with Russia.

Kuleba stated that he had been in frequent communication with Cavusoglu even before the Turkish Minister’s journey to the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday and that they had discussed the way forward over the phone, to halt the war.

He stated that Ukraine and its people appreciate Turkey’s “principled stance” since the outbreak of the war. They look forward to a fruitful discussion and to discussing the prospective actions which they can take to establish peace.