Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Russia's withdrawal from Kherson is positive

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The Turkish president said that it is an “important” decision and that his country will continue promoting the idea of ​​mediation between Moscow and kyiv to put end the war

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that russia's withdrawal from Kherson is positive

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey November 2, 2022. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS/File

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, described the decision announced by Russia to withdraw as “positive” from the Kherson region of Ukraine on the right bank of the Dnieper River.

“Our mediation work continues. It is not possible to say when this (the war) will end. Russia's decision on Kherson is positive and important,” Erdogan told reporters in Ankara before leaving for a summit of Turkic-speaking countries in Uzbekistan.

Erdogan's assessment came after Moscow on Wednesday ordered its troops to withdraw from the right bank of the Dnieper River, an announcement that the kyiv authorities are still trying to verify.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Russia's withdrawal from Kherson is positive

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“Our mediation efforts continue, but we cannot give a concrete date of when a negotiation could start” between Moscow and kyiv, Erdogan added.

“Our hope is that: to make the transition from a world dominated by war to a world dominated by peace,” he concluded.

Turkey, a member of NATO, maintains good relations with both Moscow and kyiv and also applies the international treaty that regulates navigation through the Dardanelles Strait and the Bosphorus, the waterway that connects the Mediterranean with the Sea Black.

Ankara's mediation has been essential to close the grain export agreement from Ukrainian ports, which has allowed the departure of more than ten million tons of grain.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Russia's withdrawal from Kherson is positive

The Rubymar cargo ship, carrying Ukrainian grain, is seen in the Black Sea off Kilyos, near Istanbul, Turkey, November 2, 2022. REUTERS/Mehmet Emin Calsikan

Although Turkey has defended the territorial integrity of Ukraine and an end to the Russian occupation, has not imposed sanctions on Moscow. At the same time, it has continued to sell military equipment to Ukraine and has concluded energy agreements with Russia.

Yesterday, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zajarova , declared himself in favor of resuming negotiations with Ukraine shortly after the Russian Defense Ministry announced the withdrawal of the Army to the western bank of the Dnieper River.

“We remain open to negotiations. We have never rejected them, we are ready to carry them out, of course, taking into account the realities that are brewing at the moment,” he explained, according to the TASS news agency.

(With information from EFE and Europa Press)

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