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.
The countries 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.
The soldiers from Azovstal surrendered to Moscow during a deal brokered by the UN, which sparked a demonstration by relatives of the prisoners during Mr Guterress’ visit.
The three leaders met mainly to discuss ongoing grain shipments which Russia has been allowing to pass through the Black Sea in an UN brokered deal as well as the ongoing crisis at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.
President Zelensky accused the Kremlin of stealing Ukrainian goods from Russian occupied territories. He pointed in particular to half a million tons of grain Russia is believed to have taken.
He said: “Russia’s attempts to sell stolen goods must be stopped.”
The news comes as Russia has hinted that an incident will occur at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant tommorow.
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It has been said that Ukraine was planning a “false flag provocation” at the plant which it would blame on Russia. Ukraine has denied these accusations and Russia currently occupies the nuclear plant.
Speaking after meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky, UN Secretary General António Guterres urged both sides to withdraw their militaries from the area.
He said: “The facility must not be used as part of any military operation. Instead, agreement is urgently needed to re-establish Zaporizhzhia’s purely civilian infrastructure and to ensure the safety of the area.”
It is unclear what exactly the Turkish and Ukrainian leader were discussing with regard to planning an end to the conflict. President Zelensky has said that Ukraine would not stop fighting without its territory intact – that any Russian occupation was a red line for Kyiv.