Turkiye 'most successful' country in conflict mediation: Ukraine

Meeting of Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul was highest point in negotiation process, says Dmytro Kuleba.

Turkiye 'most successful' country in conflict mediation: Ukraine

Turkiye has been "the most successful" in conflict mediation of all the countries that have offered to mediate between Ukraine and Russia in an effort to end the war, Ukraine's top diplomat said Wednesday. 

Dmytro Kuleba made the remarks while speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

The meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian negotiating delegations in Istanbul, Turkiye was also the highest point in the negotiation process, Kuleba said.

Noting that the negotiation process collapsed after the meeting in Istanbul, Kuleba said he did not even remember when the working group that held the negotiations between the two countries met for the last time.

The first and the latest high-level meeting of the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers, Kuleba and Sergey Lavrov, took place on March 10 on the sidelines of Turkiye's Antalya Diplomacy Forum, while on March 29, negotiators from both countries met in Istanbul.

Ukraine has never refused to continue negotiations with Russia, Kuleba earlier told Anadolu Agency, but added that they have refused to accept "Russian ultimatums."

Kyiv many times said that it is ready for negotiations with Moscow.

Hüseyin Demir