Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in statements to reporters, said that he could never rule out dialogue and diplomacy with Syria.
In response to a question about the possibility of holding talks with Damascus, Erdogan was quoted as saying that diplomacy between countries cannot be completely cut off, in a tone less severe than his previous statements.
Erdogan added that there was a “need to take further steps with Syria.”
On the other hand, Erdogan warned of a nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine during his first direct talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky since the Russian invasion.
Erdogan repeated calls made by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is visiting Odesa in Ukraine today (Friday).
The outbreak of fighting around Europe’s largest nuclear facility located in southern Ukraine, under Russian control, prompted a number of world leaders to issue urgent warnings, including Guterres, who warned, during talks with Erdogan, that any damage to the plant would be tantamount to “suicide” according to what was reported by “Agence France Presse” )AFP).
“We are concerned,” Erdogan said at a press conference in Lviv, western Ukraine. We do not want to live another Chornobyl,” assuring President Zelensky that Turkey is a strong ally of Ukraine. “While we continue our efforts for a solution, we have been and will remain on the side of our Ukrainian friends,” the Turkish president said.