The next meeting of Russian and Ukrainian negotiating teams will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, according to an agreement reached by the Turkish and Russian presidents on Sunday.
The latest developments and negotiation processes in the Russia-Ukraine war were discussed in a phone call between Turkiye’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, according to a statement from Turkiye’s Communications Directorate.
Erdogan emphasized the importance of an immediate cease-fire and peace between Russia and Ukraine, as well as steps to improve the humanitarian situation in the region, and stated that Turkiye would continue to support this process in any way possible.
The meeting has yet to be scheduled.
Turkiye made international headlines on March 10 for hosting the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers in Antalya, Turkey’s southernmost city, in the highest-level meeting between the two sides since the war began on February 24.
Turkiye has received widespread praise for its efforts to end the war, which have been aided by its unique position as a country with friendly relations with both Russia and Ukraine.
The war has sparked international outrage, with the European Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom, among others, imposing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.
According to UN estimates, at least 1,119 civilians have been killed and 1,790 have been injured in Ukraine, though the true figure is likely much higher.
According to the UN refugee agency, more than 3.82 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries, with millions more displaced within the country.