Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian colleague Dmytro Kuleba have agreed to meet on Thursday at a symposium in southern Turkey, the first prospective meeting between the two senior diplomats since Russia started its invasion of Ukraine.
Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, made the announcement on Monday and said he will attend the summit in the resort city of Antalya. The idea has been verified by Russia’s foreign ministry.
NATO member Turkey, which shares a Black Sea maritime border with Russia and Ukraine, has offered to intervene between the parties. Ankara maintains solid connections with both Moscow and Kiev, and has condemned Russia’s incursion while opposing sanctions against Moscow.
Cavusoglu stated that during a phone discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s invitation to host the summit, which Lavrov subsequently accepted.
“We especially hope that this meeting is a watershed moment and…an key step toward peace and stability,” he said, adding that both ministers had invited him to participate in the meetings.