Russia & Ukraine foreign ministers to meet on March 10 in Turkey

This week’s meeting will take place on the sidelines of an international diplomacy forum in Antalya, Turkey.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba have agreed to meet on Thursday at a forum in southern Turkey, the first prospective meeting between the top diplomats since Russia started its invasion of Ukraine.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has announced that the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine will meet this week at the Turkish Mediterranean seaside city of Antalya.

Cavusoglu said Monday that he will also attend a “trilateral format” meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The meeting will take place this week in Antalya, Turkey, on the sidelines of an international diplomatic summit.

NATO member Turkey, which shares a Black Sea maritime border with Russia and Ukraine, has offered to intervene between the parties. Ankara maintains solid connections with both Moscow and Kyiv and has condemned Russia’s invasion while opposing sanctions against Moscow.

Cavusoglu stated that during a phone discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan repeated Turkey’s invitation to host the summit, which Lavrov subsequently accepted. On Telegram, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova confirmed the meeting.