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Turkish President Erdogan offers to host Ukraine-Russia talks

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The deployment by Moscow of tens of thousands of soldiers on the borders of Ukraine, which has Western countries fearing an imminent invasion, has led to one of the worst Russian-Western crises since the Cold War.

Relaunching the showdown, the United States has decided to send 3,000 additional American soldiers to Eastern Europe while the Europeans, while warning of severe economic sanctions in the event of an attack, are increasing contacts with a view to a de-escalation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed Ukraine on Thursday and in particular the security guarantees demanded by Moscow, during their third telephone conversation of the week on this subject, the Kremlin indicated, referring to a constructive dialogue.

Emmanuel Macron is considering a visit to Moscow, as is German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Paris and Berlin are also seeking to relaunch the peace process in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev has been battling pro-Russian separatists backed by Moscow for eight years.

After being received by Volodymyr Zelensky, Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed his offer of mediation in front of the press: Turkey is ready to do its part to resolve the crisis between two friendly countries, which are its neighbors in the Black Sea.

Volodymyr Zelensky speaks into a microphone.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Photo: Associated Press/Efrem Lukatsky

While thanking him, the Ukrainian President said to himself ready to do whatever it takes, anywhere and in any format for peace in Ukraine.

It doesn’t matter where we can end the war, what matters is that everyone is sincerely ready for it. »

A quote from Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

The Turkish leader claims to belong to theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization and its good relations with Kiev, with which it signed a free trade agreement on Thursday, to pose as a matchmaker.

He had reiterated before his departure for Kiev his invitation to Vladimir Putin, suggesting that the latter could stop in Turkey on returning from the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday in Beijing, China.

MM. Erdogan and Putin have developed a close relationship in recent years, but Ukraine is a sensitive issue between them: Ankara supports Kiev’s NATO membership and has strongly opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, in the name of protecting its Turkish-speaking Tatar minority.

The master of the Kremlin for his part criticizes his Turkish counterpart for having provided Kiev with armed drones, used against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Turkish and Ukrainian leaders on Thursday signed an agreement to increase production of these devices in Ukraine.

Turkish and Ukrainian leaders on Thursday signed an agreement to increase the production of armed drones in Ukraine.

Turkish and Ukrainian leaders signed a cooperation agreement on Thursday.

Photo: Associated Press/Efrem Lukatsky

Westerners have accused Moscow since the end of 2021 of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers on the borders of Ukraine for a potential invasion.

Russia denies any aggressive intention, but conditions any de-escalation on the end of the policy of enlargement of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organizationin particular to Ukraine, and a withdrawal of its military capabilities from Eastern Europe.

Washington rejected these demands, offering in exchange that the rivals commit not to deploy offensive military means in Ukraine, that Moscow inspect certain military infrastructures that worry it in Europe, and that the two countries agree on measures arms control.

In the absence of a Russian military withdrawal, Washington has announced that it will strengthen the eastern flank of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization by redeploying a thousand soldiers from Germany to Romania.

The American response

US President Joe Biden has also decided to strengthen theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization with an additional 2,000 American soldiers to be deployed in Poland and Germany. A transport plane with a first contingent left Thursday from the military base of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

We constantly call on our American partners to stop fueling tensions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. According to him, Russia’s concern is clear and fully justifiedsince these are Americans sent to European countries.

These troops are in addition to the 8,500 soldiers placed on alert at the end of January to be deployed in NATO’s rapid reaction force if necessary.

  Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, flanked by General William “Hank” Taylor.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby is accompanied by General William “Hank” Taylor.

Photo: AP/Susan Walsh

These forces are not going to fight in Ukrainewhich does not belong to theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organizationtempered the spokesman of the United States Department of Defense John Kirby.

The United States said on Thursday it had evidence Moscow was planning to film a fake Ukrainian attack on Russia to use as a pretext to invade Ukraine, Kirby said.

We believe that Russia could produce a very violent propaganda video, which would show corpses and actors playing the role of mourners, as well as images of destroyed places with Ukrainian or Western military equipment.he said during a press briefing.

Ukrainian authorities are more measured about the risk of invasion, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov judging on Thursday weak the risk of a significant escalation.

Kiev fears more a inner destabilization fomented by Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014 and supports eastern separatists.

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