Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, in their meeting in Sochi on September 5, that he is open to the possibility of meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, writes CNN Turk citing Russian sources.
And according to the publication, Moscow has changed its attitude in relation to a possible meeting between the two leaders in order to discuss the end of the war.
Specifically, as CNN Turk writes, while Moscow’s position until now has been for lower levels to first agree on a road map for ending the conflict and then discuss further details between Putin and Zelensky, now in Russia they believe that the two leaders can to meet and define the road map, and then the delegations will work to implement it.
It is noted that Tayyip Erdoğan is today in Lviv, Ukraine for a working visit and will meet with President Zelensky. Media reports that among the issues, mainly concerning Ukrainian grain, “diplomatic ways” to end the war will be discussed.
At the beginning of August, however, Erdogan had proposed to Putin to mediate a meeting with Zelensky. However, the Kremlin had publicly responded that the conditions were not met.