Ankara will continue to push for peace, diplomacy and negotiations in Ukraine but it is unlikely that hostilities in the country will end anytime soon, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists on Tuesday.

Following his meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Monday, Erdogan told reporters on the flight back home that Ankara had made great efforts to stop the hostilities in Ukraine and that its calls to peace remain unchanged since the fighting initially broke out in February 2022.

“Unfortunately, the war, which has been going on for a year and a half, is still going on,” Erdogan noted, adding that “there are no prospects on the horizon for achieving peace.”

Nonetheless, the Turkish leader said that Ankara will continue to reiterate that “there are no winners in war, and there are no losers in peace.”

“We are ready to do our part if the parties express such a desire. We will also continue to play the role of mediator in issues such as the exchange of prisoners and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” Erdogan said.

He went on to state that he hopes that the conflict, which he said is damaging both participating countries and to the region as a whole, will end as soon as possible in a “just and lasting peace based on international law.”

During his first personal sit-down with Putin in nearly a year, Erdogan stated that Türkiye is ready to once again bring Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table as it has done in the past, with Ankara acting as a mediator.

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