Putin may meet Erdoğan for discussion on Russia-West talks, says Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week to discuss a proposal from Ankara to host talks between Russia and the West on Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Moscow has not received any signals about the prospect of negotiations with the West in Turkey, Turkish state-run TRT network cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as telling reporters, but he did not rule out that Putin could discuss this with the Turkish president.

The two leaders are set to travel this week to Kazakhstan, where they may hold a meeting on the sidelines of the main events, TRT cited Peskov as telling reporters at a press briefing in Moscow.

NATO member Turkey has denounced Russia’s offensive against Ukraine that has entered its eight month. But Turkey, unlike most other alliance countries, has stopped short of slapping punitive measures on Moscow and is seeking to mediate between the two warring sides in the hope of brokering a peace deal or a ceasefire.

Ankara in July helped broker a deal to export Ukrainian grain blockaded in Black Sea ports.

Erdoğan in September urged Putin to reduce tensions as he called on Moscow to take steps to reduce tensions with Ukraine and give peace negotiations another chance.

Meanwhile on Monday,  dozens of explosions rocked cities across Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv, in an intensification of Russia’s attacks that could spell a major escalation in the conflict, Al Jazeera reported.

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