Turkey strikes major new deal with Ukraine as Erdogan, Zelensky and UN plot to END war

UN Secretary General António Guterres also attended the meeting. Turkish President Erdogan said that the three discussed ways to end the war in Ukraine. He cited the positive atmosphere surrounding the UN-led grain export deal to establish peace between Russia and Ukraine.

President Erdogan has been seen as a go-between to help to end the conflict, however this has led to accusations of Turkey playing both sides.

While Turkey is a NATO member – the alliance supports Ukraine in the conflict – Turkey’s economy is reliant on Russian trade which has led it to chart a middle path between the two warring nations.

Ukrainian President Zelensky and his Turkish counterpart also discussed the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine.

Mr Erdogan said: “We attach great importance to this issue…of what happened to the exchange of these captives.”

The countries also reportedly signed a major deal which would see Turkey help Ukraine rebuild its infrastructure which Ukraine called “a memorandum on Turkey’s participation in the reconstruction of Ukraine’s infrastructure”.

The deal focuses on several major roads and bridges which have been damaged or destroyed during the war, according to the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov.

President Zelensky said of the meeting: “This is a strong message of support from such a powerful country as Turkey.”

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