Cavusoglu: Turkey probably supports Ukraine more than many NATO allies


Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. According to him, Ankara is "doing everything possible" to maintain a dialogue with both Kiev and Moscow. The minister admitted that it is "not so easy" to resume Russian-Ukrainian negotiations.

"Maybe we support Ukraine more than many NATO allies. But we are also conducting a dialogue with Russia, and this dialogue is paying off. That's why we have already brought them together twice and the grain agreement has worked," Mr. Cavusoglu told the Turkish newspaper Star.

He recalled that the meeting of the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi and the CEO of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev took place in Istanbul. It was possible to hold this meeting "thanks to the established dialogue with Ukraine and Russia," the Turkish Foreign Minister noted. "Experts are going to the region again (to the Zaporozhye NPP). And at the same time, we are trying to provide security guarantees here," he added.

Istanbul hosted one of the rounds of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, which were terminated in May at the initiative of Kiev. On July 22, Russia and Ukraine, with the participation of Turkey, agreed to export grain from three Ukrainian ports. Thanks to this deal, Ukraine has already exported 1 million tons of food.

On the eve of the IAEA mission went to the Zaporozhye NPP. Experts will stay at the station from August 31 to September 3. The IAEA delegation will come from the zone controlled by Ukraine, but the Kremlin promised that "all security will be provided at the necessary, proper level" on the territory controlled by Russia.

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