President of the Middle East Institute Yevgeny Satanovsky commented on the initiative of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who invited the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky , to meet in Turkey and “settle differences” between their countries. The political scientist said that such a meeting could potentially end with the accession of the Black Sea straits to Russia.
The interlocutor of the NSN said that Russia had to “deal” with three countries on Ukraine’s issues in its history: in addition to Turkey, these were Sweden and Poland. In addition, Germany joined this company in the 20th century.
“Turkey is more than suitable! Based on the results of these conversations, I don’t even know if we will annex the Black Sea straits with or without Istanbul? I wouldn’t mind. I think that Putin should definitely come there along with Defense Minister Shoigu and with a fairly large Russian military contingent, ”said Satanovsky.
The interlocutor of the publication added that if Erdogan really wanted to establish peace in eastern Ukraine, he could influence Zelensky and call on him to implement the Minsk agreements.
Instead, Satanovsky noted, the Turkish authorities are trying to fit “without soap” into any gap and try on the role of “decisive”. At the same time, Erdogan, according to the political scientist, is offended that after the events in Kazakhstan, the authorities of the republic called for help from the CSTO, and not him, and Turkey was “blown away” in Nagorno-Karabakh after the introduction of Russian peacekeepers there.
“I’m not even talking about Syria anymore, about Libya, too,” Satanovsky added.
Erdogan’s proposal for mediation has already been commented on in the Kremlin. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow welcomes the efforts of any countries to resolve the situation in Ukraine.
The Kremlin also said that the main disagreement between Moscow and Kiev is the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side to comply with the terms of the Minsk agreements.