Vladimir Putin could meet Mr Erdoğan to discuss negotiations between Russia and the West

Vladimir Putin could meet Mr Erdoğan to discuss negotiations between Russia and the West

President Vladimir Putin could meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Astana this week to discuss Turkey’s offer to host talks between Russia and the West over Ukraine, the Kremlin announced on Monday (10 October).

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia had not received any signals about the prospect of negotiations with the West in Turkey, but did not rule out that Mr Putin could talk to Mr Erdoğan about it.

The Turkish and Russian Presidents are expected to visit Kazakhstan this week.

Astana hosts the Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA, October 13) and the Official Summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, October 14).

“Open to Diplomacy”

Russia is open to diplomacy, but Washington’s encouragement “martial moodUkraine complicates diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday.

«We repeat once again, especially for the American side: the goals that we set ourselves in Ukraine will be achievedMs. Zakharova wrote on the ministry’s website.

«Russia is open to diplomacy and the terms are well known. The more Washington fosters the belligerent mood in Kyiv and encourages rather than hinders the terrorist aspirations of the Ukrainian saboteurs, the more difficult it becomes to find diplomatic solutions.»

Tensions are mounting between the West and Russia over the seven-month invasion of Ukraine. On Monday, Moscow launched missile attacks on Ukraine in response to a weekend blast that badly damaged a Russian-built bridge to Crimea.

Turkey, which has close ties to Moscow and Kyiv, is seen as a potential mediator in the conflict. In July, she helped broker a deal to export Ukrainian grain that was stuck in Black Sea ports.

Kazakhstan’s capital will host another summit later this month, which will be attended by EU Council President Charles Michel. The heads of state and government of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) will meet in Astana on October 26-27.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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