Turkey and the United Nations Security Council
Ukraine seeks Germany as security guarantor
03/17/2022, 6:40 pm
Turkey is trying to mediate between the warring parties. According to the Turkish foreign minister, Ukraine wants Germany as a guarantor for a possible security deal with Russia. Cavusoglu sees good opportunities for this. Meanwhile, Moscow accused Kyiv of a “lack of enthusiasm”.
According to Turkish information, Ukraine wants Germany and Turkey to act as guarantors for a possible security deal with Russia. Ukraine has proposed that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as Turkey and Germany, act as guarantors of the Moscow-Kyiv security agreement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Kavusoglu said with his Ukrainian counterpart Dimitro Kuleba in Lviv. Said in a meeting with
During a visit to Moscow a day earlier, he observed that “the Russian Federation sees no impediment in this and can accept such a proposal,” Cavusoglu told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday. “Expectations for a ceasefire have risen,” Cavusoglu said.
Meanwhile, in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his offer to facilitate a summit between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Turkey.
Ankara calls for escape corridor
Erdogan also suggested sending Turkish observers to monitor the ceasefire for the port city of Mariupol, which has been under siege for weeks, so that those trapped there can leave the city. Foreign Minister Kavusoglu said more than 100 Turks were among those trapped in Mariupol. Turkey is proposing a 24-hour ceasefire and humanitarian corridors to be monitored by the Red Cross, the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Turkish Red Crescent.
Meanwhile, Russian Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in Moscow that the Russian delegation was “trying hard” for talks with Ukraine and was “ready to work day and night”. He accused the Ukrainian side of not showing “the same enthusiasm”.
Peskov said a day earlier the two sides were negotiating an “agreement” that would give Ukraine the same neutral status as Sweden or Austria. Ukrainian chief negotiator Mykhailo Podoliak rejected this and insisted that neutrality would be possible only in exchange for “absolute security guarantees”.
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