Erdogan in Lviv: Turkey is on the side of Ukraine

“We do not want to experience a second Chernobyl,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a meeting with the President of Ukraine and the Secretary General of the United Nations. The talks that took place in Lviv concerned, inter alia, the situation at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant.

Turkey is on the side of Ukraine – this is a strong declaration he made during the press conference after the Edrogan meeting. The president was to tell Volodymyr Zelensky that Turkey will provide all necessary assistance for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

A memorandum was signed on this matter. Turkey is our strategic ally. We are grateful to the Turkish partners for their readiness to cooperate in rebuilding the infrastructure destroyed by Russia – said the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov, who signed the document together with the Minister of Trade of Turkey, Mehmet Mus. Kubrakov recalled that Turkish companies participated in the construction of bridges in Zaporizhia and Kremenchuk.

Zelenskiy emphasized that he had talked with the head of the United Nations about issues related to the possible mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, currently occupied by Russian forces. According to Zelensky, the Russian army is conducting nuclear blackmail through its military activities and is a threat to global security.

Nuclear security is an absolute priority for everyone in the world – emphasized the president of Ukraine.

A nuclear power plant cannot be used as part of any military operation. On the contrary, an agreement is urgently needed to restore its civil character and ensure the security of the area – emphasized the head of the UN Antonio Guterres.

The talks also focused on how to increase grain exports from Ukraine. The head of the UN, Antonio Guterres, said that 21 ships with grain left Ukraine in less than a month.

The issue of the exchange of prisoners of war with Russia was also discussed.

Turkish media reports that Erdogan went to Lviv with an offer for President Zelensky to meet Vladimir Putin. Apparently, the president of Russia was to give his consent. Peace talks with Russia will only be possible if its troops leave the illegally occupied territories of Ukraine – said Volodymyr Zelensky at a press conference.

In Lviv, the issue of the mass deportation of Ukrainian citizens by the occupation forces and the theft of grain by Russia in the occupied territories were also discussed.

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