Ankara stresses the need for urgent peace after the attack on a shopping center in Ukraine

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Turkey on Monday reiterated its call for an immediate end to the Russian-Ukrainian war, calling for a diplomatic solution after missiles hit a shopping center with more than 1,000 people inside in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed sorrow over the loss of life in the missile attack.

“Such attacks, which recently targeted civilian settlements in various cities, including Kyiv, once again reveal the brutality of the war in Ukraine and demonstrate the urgent need for a lasting peace,” the ministry said.

“We strongly reiterate our call for an immediate end to this devastating war and the prioritization of a diplomatic solution,” he added.

Earlier, Ukrainian officials said at least 10 people were killed and more than 40 others injured after Russian missiles hit a shopping mall with more than 1,000 people inside in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk .

Turkey’s goal is to contribute to a just peace between Russia and Ukraine, the head of the Presidential Communications Directorate also said.

In an interview with Il Messaggero, one of Italy’s leading newspapers, ahead of the third intergovernmental summit to be held between Turkey and Italy, communication director Fahrettin Altun said: “On the other hand, some actors believe that ‘they could benefit from the war dragging on as long as possible. Turkey has never been such a country. And neither will we be in the future. We must believe in peace and fight for peace.

In response to a question about sanctions against Russia, Altun said the sanctions issue had been “seriously politicized” in recent years.

Recalling that some “politically motivated sanctions” have been imposed on the Turkish defense industry, Altun said: “For this reason, we believe that the sanctions will only be meaningful and legitimate if they are decided under the auspices of the Nations. United”.

The Communications Director also reiterated Turkey’s position on Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership bids.

“If these nations, which have long remained neutral, are admitted into NATO, we are committed to defending them under Article 5. Therefore, we must ensure that these countries have fully internalized the values ​​and objectives of NATO and, at the same time, are fully committed to the security of the Turkish people,” Altun said.

He also said that Ankara appreciates Italy’s support for Turkey’s EU membership from the start.

“As a southern European country, we should cooperate much more closely,” the Turkish official added.

Turkey is one of the most active countries in ensuring a permanent ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia. His delicately balanced act of assuming a mediating role by keeping the channels of communication open with the two warring parties offers a beacon of hope in diplomatic efforts to find a solution and achieve peace in the Ukraine crisis. With its unique position of maintaining friendly relations with Russia and Ukraine, Turkey has been widely praised for its efforts to end the war.

Since the start of the conflict, Ankara has offered to mediate between the two sides and host peace talks, stressing its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. While Ankara has opposed international sanctions meant to isolate Moscow, it has also closed its straits to prevent some Russian ships from crossing them.

Negotiations in Istanbul held in March did not advance, but Turkey, which has close ties with Kyiv and Moscow, has repeatedly presented itself as a possible mediator.

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