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Russia’s Foreign Minister, Ukraine May Meet Soon For Negotiations, Turkey Says

Russia-Ukraine War: Russian and Ukrainian negotiators meet in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Moscow:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba could meet within two weeks for talks, Turkey said Thursday, after hosting talks from both sides earlier this week.

“There may be a higher-level meeting, at least at the level of the foreign minister, in about a week or two,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a television interview.

“What is important is that both sides unite and agree on a lasting ceasefire,” he said. “We want to organize a meeting of foreign ministers as an honest mediator.”

Russian and Ukrainian negotiators met in Istanbul on Tuesday. The talks provided a glimmer of hope for an end to the war in Ukraine but there were few signs the attacks had subsided on the field.

Turkey’s NATO member, who has friendly relations with both sides, has positioned himself as a mediator and hosted Lavrov and Kuleba in the southern city of Antalya in early March.

Cavusoglu said the most significant progress so far had been at the talks in Istanbul.

“Is it all over? No … Some steps have been taken to reduce the tension, even if we don’t see it on the field,” he said.

“Some say it’s a tactical move. Some raise doubts. We’re careful,” Cavusoglu said.

The Turkish minister also praised Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, who was present at the Istanbul talks, for his “useful role” in ending the war.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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