The President of Turkey issued this warning while reiterating his support for his
ukrainian friends after a tripartite meeting with his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
Meeting in Lviv, western Ukraine, the three men also discussed the recent agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain and the need for a political solution to the conflict.
In a press conference after the meeting, Antonio Guterres said that any damage to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant would constitute a
suicide and called once again for the demilitarization of the site, occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of March.
Zelensky, for his part, said that Russia must immediately withdraw its forces and stop shelling the plant in southern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s president also said he had agreed to the parameters of a possible International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the nuclear power plant.
kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of being responsible for the bombardments carried out in Zaporijia since the end of July.
Ukraine’s main intelligence agency says Russia is preparing a
provocation at the plant, in the form of a terrorist attack which she would later blame on kyiv.
The Ukrainian government also accused the Russian army on Thursday of having deployed heavy weapons within the perimeter of the plant.
Russia denied these claims at the end of the morning, ensuring that it had not deployed any weapons either in the plant or in the surrounding areas.
She herself accused Ukraine of preparing an incident that she could blame on Moscow. The Kremlin claims that the Ukrainian military wants to fire artillery at the plant and then accuse it of having caused a nuclear accident, while the Russian armed forces are taking all necessary measures to ensure security there.
Ensuring the export of cereals
Cereal exports were also on the agenda of this trilateral meeting.
The UN Secretary General promised on Thursday that his organization would strive
to intensify these exports before the onset of winter, which are crucial for the food supply of many African countries.
We will do our best to intensify our operations to face the difficulties of the coming winter.Mr. Guterres said.
The latter said that 21 ships have been able to leave the ports of Ukraine since the entry into force of an agreement allowing the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports in July.
However, he added that it was only a
beginningand he urged Russia and Ukraine to show a
spirit of compromise to ensure the continued success of the agreement.
Ukrainian grain exports were completely blocked for several months following the Russian invasion, raising the specter of a global food crisis.
It was under the impetus of the UN and Turkey that the belligerents signed an agreement last month which allowed these exports to resume.
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grain corridor from the ports of Odessa, Pivdenny and Chornomorské.
The Turkish president said the three men had discussed the possibility of building on the success of this agreement to negotiate a longer-term peace agreement.
But the Ukrainian president ruled out any negotiations with Moscow without the prior withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine.
People who kill, rape, hit our civilian cities with cruise missiles every day cannot want peace. They should first leave our territory, then we will seehammered Mr. Zelensky, saying
don’t trust russia.