Political scientist assessed Turkey’s chances to resolve the Ukrainian conflict

Turkey has no leverage to resolve the Ukrainian conflict. This was announced on August 23 to Izvestia by Turkish political scientist Kerim Has.

Thus, he commented on the statement of the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, that he hopes that Ankara can influence Moscow and contribute to the cessation of hostilities in Ukraine.

“Firstly, Russia on the battlefield has not yet been able to achieve its minimum goals. Secondly, Kyiv is not only not going to sit down at the negotiating table, but wants to return the lost territories. Thirdly, the Western countries also failed to achieve their goal – it was to weaken Russia; in addition, they continue to supply Ukraine with weapons, and this also encourages Kyiv to continue fighting,” Khas said.

The political scientist noted that Turkey played the role of an intermediary in concluding a grain deal, but this is an “exceptional area” in which “the interests of Russia, and Turkey, and Ukraine, and the West intersected.”

“I don’t think it’s in the interests of all parties to end hostilities,” Khas said.

He added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will continue to call on Moscow and Kyiv for dialogue, but in this way he “strengthens his image”, but in reality “he has few levers of influence on the situation.”

Earlier in the day, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu noted that there are countries in the West that do not want the conflict in Ukraine to end. He pointed, in particular, to the United States and NATO member states.

The day before, Erdogan called his goal for the near future the organization of a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky. The Turkish leader also noted that he remains confident that the conflict in Ukraine will eventually end at the negotiating table, and Zelensky agrees with him on this issue.

At the same time, the President of Ukraine said that negotiations with Moscow are possible only after the Russian troops leave the territories they occupied.

On August 8, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that there were currently no prerequisites for a meeting between Putin and Zelensky.

Russia continues the special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which was announced by the President of the Russian Federation on February 24. The key goals of the Russian military are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. This is necessary to ensure the security of the Russian state and people, the Kremlin said.

The last face-to-face round of talks between Russia and Ukraine took place on March 29 in Turkey. Prior to this, representatives of the parties met twice in Belarus.

For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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