Russia, Ukraine close to agreement: Turkey

Russia, Ukraine close to agreement: Turkey

ANKARA: Turkey says Russia and Ukraine are close to a negotiating agreement.

According to foreign media reports, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that there is a war going on between Russia and Ukraine, civilians are being killed and it is not easy to compromise. However, he acknowledged that both the countries were close to an agreement.

The Turkish Foreign Minister said that Turkey was in touch with the negotiating teams of the two countries but declined to give details of the talks.

He also said that Turkey was ready to host a meeting between Ukrainian President Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We are working day and night for peace,” he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Koliba met earlier this month in the Turkish city of Antalya, but the talks did not yield any tangible results.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

In Ukraine, Russia has targeted a Kyiv theater and civilians waiting in line for food.

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The US president has sharply criticized the Russian president for targeting refugees in theaters. He said the Russian president is a war criminal.

US President Joe Biden said it was “unforgivable” that the Kremlin was continuing its war on peace.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Russian forces dropped a large bomb on a theater in Mariupol, killing several people and wounding several others. At least 500 people were in the theater, according to Human Rights Watch.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Kiev said Russian troops targeted 10 people waiting in line for food in the Chernov area of ​​Kyiv.

Russia, however, has denied targeting civilians. Russia’s Defense Ministry said troops did not attack the building.