Don’t expect miracles in one meeting, Turkey says of peace talks

After peace talks held in Turkey between Ukraine and Russia’s foreign ministers failed to bring about any changes, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the talks were nevertheless “an important start”.

According to Turkey’s Haberturk news channel, Cavusoglu said “miracles should not be expected in one meeting”.

Today’s discussions were the first high-level contact between the two countries since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

“Despite all the difficulties, I can say that a civilized meeting took place,” Cavusoglu said. “We emphasized that humanitarian corridors should be kept open without encountering any obstacles.”

Turkey has tried to hold a neutral position in the conflict as it has strategic ties with both Ukraine and Russia. Officials have strongly criticized Russia’s invasion but dismissed imposing sanctions.

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