German media: Erdogan saw the danger of a war in Ukraine before many

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A German media organization said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was aware of the danger of a war in Ukraine before many politicians in the West.

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In an article on its website, RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) noted Erdogan’s early efforts to mediate to defuse the war between Russia and Ukraine and his adherence to post-war mediation efforts.

The article dealt with President Erdogan’s meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Lviv, Ukraine, on Thursday.

He noted that President Erdogan expressed his belief that the war would eventually end at the negotiating table during the joint press conference in Lviv.

He noted that President Erdogan firmly adheres to mediation efforts and does not allow negative developments to discourage him from doing so.

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The article added: “President Erdogan wants to be a mediator to end the war between Russia and Ukraine at the negotiating table, but the mediator Erdogan also takes into account his interests.”

He noted that President Erdogan offered to mediate when Russia began to mobilize its forces last fall and warned at the time about the need to resolve the conflict through diplomatic means.

He continued, “At that period, very few (politicians) in the West believed that a Russian occupation would happen soon, while President Erdogan saw the imminent danger of the imminent war starkly.”

On Thursday, President Erdogan held a tripartite summit with Zelensky and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at Potochki Palace in the Ukrainian city of Lviv to discuss developments in the war between Ukraine and Russia.

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On July 22, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations signed the “Document on the Initiative for the Safe Shipping of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports” during a meeting hosted by Istanbul.