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Live Ukraine – Putin – Erdogan summit. Ankara: Achieving Peace. Moscow: “Kyiv in NATO could lead to a third world war”

Putin-Erdogan meeting begins

The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan began in Astana. The face-to-face confrontation is taking place in the Kazakh capital on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). This was reported by RIA Novosti, citing Turkish sources. There are expectations about the proposals that the Turkish leader will make to Putin to search for a diplomatic path to end the war in Ukraine.

Lavrov “Diplomatic terrorism from the West over the UN resolution”

“The West has unabashedly used the tactics of diplomatic terrorism, frankly twisting their arms, threatening developing countries with all kinds of sanctions.” This is how Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution condemning the “so-called illegal referendums” and the “attempted illegal annexation” by Russia of four districts of Ukraine in violation of international law. 143 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 5 against (North Korea, Syria, Belarus, Russia and Nicaragua), and 35 countries abstained. Also among these countries are China and Russia, since adherence to this document does not favor diplomacy to resolve the conflict.

Kyiv “has only 10% of what it requires” for air defense

This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Agreement between 14 NATO countries and Finland on the air shield

Defense ministers of 14 NATO countries and Finland’s allies met in Brussels to sign a letter of intent to develop the “European Sky Shield Initiative”. The initiative led by Germany, according to reports, aims to create a European air and missile defense system through the joint acquisition of air and missile defense equipment by European countries. This will strengthen NATO’s integrated air and missile defense.

Putin meets the Emir of Qatar

Russian President Vladimir Putin met the Emir of Qatar and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Astana, Kazakhstan. “Relations between Moscow and Doha are successfully strengthening,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin as saying. Al Thani responded, according to Al Jazeera, “We have strong and historical ties with Russia.”

Lavrov: “Biden’s hesitation does not exacerbate the situation.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told “Russia 24” TV channel that US President Joe Biden’s reluctance to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin does not exacerbate international tensions because the situation “could not deteriorate further.” TASS reports. Asked whether Biden’s reluctance to engage in dialogue with Putin could complicate the situation globally, Lavrov replied: “Not at all, because the situation, especially in the United States, has been pushed to a point where, in my opinion, it is not. It is increasing. worse”.

Borrell, “Many abstained from voting at the United Nations”

There was a lot of abstentions in the UN General Assembly, I’m concerned. This was stated by the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union Josep Borrell in Bruges, at the inauguration of the European Academy. “About 20% of the international community decided not to reject Russian aggression: the glass is still very empty, we must continue our diplomatic work. I understand that in this vote there are also the interests of some countries, which are very dependent on Russia: we must do more.”

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Erdogan meets Lukashenko in Astana

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on the sidelines of the Sixth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. This was announced by the presidency of Ankara. Later, a meeting is scheduled between Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.