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Kremlin backs Türkiye on call for international peace platform for Ukraine

Kremlin backs Türkiye on call for international peace platform for Ukraine Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends official welcoming ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana, Kazakhstan November 9, 2023 (Reuters Photo)
By Newsroom
Jul 9, 2024 8:07 AM

In a press briefing on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov agreed with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan’s call for the creation of an international peace platform involving various countries to resolve the Ukrainian conflict.

Peskov also made remarks regarding Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s recent visit to Moscow and the Russian perspective on the election results of Iran and France.

Russia supports Türkiye’s proposal

Speaking in Moscow, Peskov emphasized that Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been a strong advocate for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict, aligning with Fidan’s proposal.

President Putin is a staunch supporter of prioritizing diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Ukrainian conflict. We have never refused to negotiate and have always favored discussions involving all interested parties

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Fidan, during the Informal Summit of the Heads of State of the Organization of Turkic States in Shusha, Azerbaijan, urged for a broadened peace effort to mitigate polarization in the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

At least Orban tried

Regarding Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s recent visit to Moscow, Peskov noted Russia’s appreciation for Orban’s efforts to address the Ukrainian conflict, despite significant disagreements between the parties.

“At least, Mr. Orban is making a very serious attempt to understand the essence of these differences, which is highly appreciated,” he added.

When asked if President Putin had requested Orban to convey a message to US President Joe Biden or other NATO summit participants in Washington, Peskov clarified, “No.”

Russia expects no change in Tehran

On the topic of Iran’s recent presidential election, Peskov wished success to the new president, Masoud Pezeshkian, and anticipated the continued positive and allied relations between Russia and Iran.

He highlighted the “very positive dynamics” in deepening cooperation across various fields.

Russia is skeptical about its relations with Paris

Regarding the parliamentary election results in France, Peskov expressed skepticism about improving relations with Paris, despite the ruling forces losing ground.

The victory of political forces that would support efforts to restore our bilateral relations is definitely better for Russia. But so far, we don’t see such a pronounced political will from anyone

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russia will closely monitor the formation of the new government in France and has observed a “certain drift” in voter preferences, Peskov concluded.

Last Updated:  Jul 9, 2024 11:54 AM