On his first visit to Turkey after the outbreak of the conflict in his country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that his country is cooperating with Turkey in the field of defense, production and import of marches.
He also accused Russia, in a press conference after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of obstructing the course of ships in the Black Sea.
He added that cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine is important for food security, especially in Africa, hoping that the grain agreement, which expires on July 17, will be extended.
On the other hand, Erdogan found that Russia and Ukraine should return to peace talks, announcing the continuation of efforts to end the war.
He announced his country’s support for the reconstruction movement in Ukraine, explaining that it deserves NATO membership.
The Turkish president revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey next month, stressing that he stressed respect for the sovereignty of Ukrainian lands since the annexation of Crimea.
It is noteworthy that both Zelensky and Erdogan want to extend an agreement with Russia that would allow Ukraine to ship corn and other grains to world markets during the war.
Erdogan tried to use his good relations with both Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to mediate and end the war.
Turkey also organized two previous rounds of peace negotiations and is still pressing for more talks, amid Western governments’ concern over the growing economic ties between Turkey, a NATO member, and Russia and its resistance to the alliance’s expansion.