The negotiation process with Ukraine was stopped by Russia, which launched a new offensive in the Donbass.
Back at the end of March after negotiations in Turkey, Ukraine hoped that it had managed to find a platform for resolving the war in Ukraine. However, the agreements were leveled by the mass crimes of the Russian Federation in Bucha, Irpen and many other cities.
This was stated by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Vasily Bodnar in interview RBC-Ukraine.
“The first process is generally attempts to bring the parties to negotiations, and here Turkey played the role of a mediator in the pure sense when they participate in negotiations. The second process is Turkey’s role as a facilitator with a bias towards mediation. After all, at the negotiations in Istanbul at the end of March President Erdogan spoke to the parties, but did not directly participate in the negotiations,” Bodnar explained.
The ambassador noted that Turkish President Erdogan was negotiating with President Zelensky, urging the Russian Federation. And it was thanks to the mediation functions of the Turkish side that these negotiations were held.
“Actually, at the end of March, we hoped that we had found some kind of platform for a settlement, and the signals that came out after the talks in Istanbul really reflected the progress in the talks. However, these agreements were actually leveled by the mass crimes of the Russian Federation in Bucha, Irpen and many others The negotiation process was stopped by Russia, which launched a new offensive in the Donbass, since the main condition – and on which the parties agreed in Istanbul – was that the cessation of hostilities should be precisely on the basis of the withdrawal of troops. But this was not to the liking of both Putin and, if we can say so, the society of the Russian Federation, this mass that wants war, blood and in which crimes are only welcome,” Bodnar added.
According to him, if the process developed as it was started in Istanbul or as it was defined in Istanbul, the parties could come to a peaceful settlement. However, he doubts that this would hardly be possible in today’s conditions after all the crimes that Russia has committed.
Recall that at the beginning of August Erdogan once again offered Putin to organize negotiations with Zelensky.