Tomorrow, Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Turkish Head of State Recep Tayyip Erdogan will speak to UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Lviv: UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York that the meeting was taking place at Zelenskyy’s invitation.
According to Turkey, Selensky’s meeting with Guterres and Erdogan should also be about diplomatic ways out of the war. At the tripartite summit on Thursday, among other things, the “end of the war between Ukraine and Russia will be discussed through diplomatic channels,” according to a statement by the Turkish Presidential Office.
The United Nations had shown much more reluctance to talk to Zelenskyy about ending hostilities. “There are a number of issues that are being raised: the conflict in general, the need for a political solution to this conflict,” Dujarric said when asked if negotiations for a permanent ceasefire were also under discussion. Guterres repeatedly emphasizes that he is a friend of the quiet diplomacy that negotiates ways out of a conflict behind closed doors.
At the end of July, the UN and Turkey mediated agreements that Ukraine could again export grain via its Black Sea ports, despite the Russian war of aggression. The UN fears food shortages and hunger in poor parts of the world if Ukraine fails as a major grain supplier. Dujarric said there was “no doubt” that the dangerous situation around Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and a planned international expert mission to the power plant would also be addressed.