At the summit held in Antalya with the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, it was decided to continue contact. After the Antalya Summit, the Kremlin reported that Putin was ready to meet Zelensky.
Vasily Bodner, Ambassador to Ukraine of Ankara, who attended the summit meeting in Antalya, spoke. Mr. Bodner emphasized that he is grateful to Turkey for hosting the conference. “Turkey has accomplished what the Western nations could not accomplish. We see this conference as the beginning of the process and wait for the outcome of the process. In the process of negotiations, we are in the humanitarian corridor. The Russian side has still evaluated him and has not yet given an official answer. The Ukrainian and Turkish sides have agreed to the end of bloodshed and the creation of a humanitarian corridor. However, it is also our choice for the Russian army to withdraw from our country and end their ongoing aggression war. It is out of the question for Turkey to abandon or accept the end result proposed by Russia. We hope that it will be a prerequisite for being held at the level.‘ Said.
“We talked about the organization through Turkey.”
Ambassador Bodner, President Putin and Ukrainian President Zelensky could meet This issue was addressed at a tripartite meeting in Antalya. In particular, we talked about holding the conference through Turkey. Since the beginning of the war, we have stated that we do not want to negotiate where missiles will be launched or planes will take off. At that time, our president was also talking about Istanbul as a possible meeting place. But location is not so important. The important thing is to reach an agreement here on the end of the war. It is especially important to initiate peaceful negotiations on the resolution of the various problems that exist between Ukraine and Russia. Of course, no one will negotiate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. “
“It’s better to have a meeting than to pull a gun”
Ambassador Bodner said that “it is better to hold a meeting than to pull each other’s weapons” as to whether the continuation of the talks will help end the war. Unfortunately, we have to negotiate under a bomb with Russian missiles killing children and women. Russia wants to put pressure on Ukraine through terrorist activities. But you will see how unwavering the Ukrainian people and our president are in defending their independence. We resist and are confident that we deserve our position in Europe, so we can accept full-scale negotiations. We have to do that too. There can be no ultimatum. From our point of view, we were ready to continue this interview format. Our most important desire is not only to be held, but also to make the conference in question fruitful. The Russian side needs to be ready to solve some problems and problems. Frankly, we will not give in to the ultimatum. We do not give up resistance. They bomb peaceful cities and private infrastructure without being involved in the negotiation process. In this case, the whole world should answer “I will not support terrorists.” We call on the whole world to stop cooperating with the Kremlin’s terrorist regime. On the one hand, we continue to protect ourselves, and on the other hand, we continue the negotiation process. “Our wish is for Russian troops to withdraw from Ukraine as soon as possible,” he said.
“They return to protect Ukraine”
Ambassador Bodner also said, “This is the will of our citizens, because they want to protect their city. In fact, this is our national war, similar to your independence war now. Our subordinates abroad are returning to Ukraine from abroad to participate in the defense of Ukraine. Especially thanks to the unity of our people, the army and power, we have failed the enemy’s lightning war plan. And prevented them from occupying our country immediately. We firmly understand that this is a matter of survival of the Ukrainian people and the nation. In this context, Belarus is the problem. Russia wants to prevent it from participating in the war, especially at the border, deliberately provoking the Belarusian side and wanting them to be included in this war, while Ukraine is on that side in this war. And allowed the Russian side to use its territory. “If other nations isolate Russia in everything, it will help us end this war,” he says. I did.