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Turkey says Russia-Ukraine meeting civil despite all difficulties

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) and Ukranian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (R) posing before their meeting during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Antalya, Turkey on Thursday.

TURKEY: The meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Turkey on Thursday was civil, despite all the difficulties and the most important outcome of the talks was establishing contact, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Speaking at a news conference after the meeting between Dmytro Kuleba and Sergei Lavrov, which Cavusoglu also attended, he said there was a need for both a humanitarian corridor from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol and for a sustainable ceasefire.

The discussions, between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, lasted just 1½ hours.

Kuleba told a news conference that the talks had been “both easy and difficult.”

“Easy because Minister Lavrov basically followed his traditional narratives about Ukraine, but difficult because I did my best to find a diplomatic solution to the humanitarian tragedy unfolding on the battleground and in the besieged cities,” he said. No progress had been made on Ukraine’s proposal for a 24-hour cease-fire, Kuleba said, nor on the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to and from Mariupol, both for citizens to flee the city, and for humanitarian aid to enter it.

CNBC’s Hadley Gamble asked Lavrov how Russia could justify the attack, which Ukrainian authorities said had killed three people, including a child.

Lavrov said it was “not the first time we’ve seen shouting in response to so-called atrocities,” repeating a Russian line that the hospital had already been captured by Ukrainian “ultra radicals.” He presented no evidence for this claim.

– THE MALAY MAIL

Saturday, March 12, 2022 – 01:00











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