The Turkish president's proposal to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and to host their talks in Ankara is correct and timely, Russian political expert and director of the Center of Political Studies Sergey Markov told Report's Russian bureau.
The expert noted that referring to the issue of internal Ukrainian settlement, Recep Tayyip Erdogan touches upon one of the most important problems of modern international politics: "This problem worries many people, and the fact that he is trying to contribute to improving relations is right and good."
According to Markov, the Turkish president could offer mediation in the negotiations between Russia and the United States: "Moscow does not consider that it has a conflict with Kyiv, but Russia has a conflict with the United States. If the Turkish president offered mediation between the United States and Russia, which America accepted, it would be very positive and constructive."
On January 21, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his readiness to mediate the settlement of relations between Russia and Ukraine. To resolve this issue, Erdogan intends to visit Ukraine and is also going to hold telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.