Putin wants to negotiate a new “grand bargain” between Russia and the West, Turkish official says

Oct 7, 2022

It looks inevitable that Russia’s war in Ukraine will continue for some time — and the question is how much damage will have occurred before negotiations resume, according to a spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey, while critical of the Russian invasion and President Vladimir Putin’s recent move to annex territories in Ukraine, has maintained good relations with the Kremlin and brokered an agreement this summer to allow grain shipments from Ukrainian ports.

Earlier on Friday, Erdogan spoke with Putin about the “latest developments” in the war in Ukraine, according to a readout from the Turkish government.

His spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin, told CNN that negotiations will likely resume at some point.

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