Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu: The ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia will be thanks to Turkey – Last Minute World News

Regarding the US sale of F-16s to Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “Currently, the process is functioning normally. Of course, due to some voices from the Congress, everyone inevitably asks questions about whether there will be an obstacle or will it be conditional, but negotiations at the technical level. continues in normal course, the determination of the administration on this issue continues. Blinken said this in our bilateral meeting.” said.

Çavuşoğlu, who is in New York for the 77th United Nations General Assembly Meetings, met with Turkish journalists at Türkevi and evaluated the agenda.

Stating that they held many meetings during the UN week and almost all of these meetings were held in the Turkevi, Çavuşoğlu said that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held 25 bilateral meetings and carried out 31 activities.

Minister Çavuşoğlu noted that he held 33 meetings at the margin of the General Assembly.

Stating that they had the opportunity to discuss both bilateral relations and current global and regional developments in their contacts, Çavuşoğlu said:

“Of course, the focal point of many meetings was the developments in the context of Russia and Ukraine. I heard laudatory statements from many of my colleagues about our contribution to international peace. Especially about the role of our President. It is everyone’s common wish that the Istanbul Agreement works or continues to work in the context of global food security. UN During the week of the General Assembly, Russia’s partial mobilization decision, the announcement of a referendum in Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporijia and Kherson, and the prisoner exchange were important developments. As Turkey, we will continue to do our best for a just and lasting solution between Russia and Ukraine.”

The latest situation in the lands held by the two countries in the war of Russia and Ukraine.

Çavuşoğlu said that after completing his contacts in New York, he will go to Los Angeles, where he will meet with Turkish citizens, and then he will go to Japan to attend the funeral of former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Stating that they received praise from all interlocutors regarding Turkey’s mediation role between Ukraine and Russia, Çavuşoğlu said, “They say that Turkey is now a hope for peace.” said.


In his assessment of the grain agreement between Russia and Ukraine, Çavuşoğlu said:

“Of course, everyone is asking whether it is possible to extend this 4-month agreement. They also asked during our bilateral meeting with the President of the General Assembly a little while ago, and if there will be a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, everyone knows that it will be thanks to Turkey, I mean Turkey. Of course. There are those who want the war to end and there are those who don’t. The number of those who don’t is small, but we have seen in general that countries want this war to end. Everyone has started to feel the negative effects of this war in every field. Therefore, we will continue our efforts. We have been maintaining this policy of balance for a long time. While maintaining the balance policy, there was a lot of criticism about Turkey’s foreign policy axis, it happened inside, it happened abroad, it was questioned. “

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Çavuşoğlu answered the question whether the US was stalling Turkey on the sale of the F-16 as follows:

“Currently, the process is working normally. Of course, due to some voices from the Congress, everyone inevitably asks questions about whether there will be an obstacle or will it be conditional, but the negotiations at the technical level continue in the normal course, and the determination of the administration on this issue continues. Blinken, He also said this at the meeting. By the way, Mr. Blinken’s father passed away. I would like to convey my condolences to them here. On the other hand, some cracked voices came from the Congress. A resolution was passed from the Congress, but this is not a binding law, you know, from the lower house, the House of Representatives. Again from the Senate. a decision, then two decisions are combined and ultimately a decision is made about the F-16. Our contacts at the Congress level continue. Mr. Volkan Bozkır and Efkan Ala went to Washington from here and are holding contacts in the Congress. Our Parliamentary delegations have also visited Washington before. He came to Turkey and made contacts. We also had contacts. ü Members of Congress became senators. In these meetings, these important senators strongly support the delivery of F-16s to Turkey, but we also say to the administration: We will not be in an agreement that ties our hands in both technical and political negotiations. So we’ll take the F-16, use it like this, you can’t do that, you can’t do that. It is unacceptable for a NATO member to impose such a restriction on another NATO member. We know that some lobbies here, especially after the Greek Prime Minister’s arrival in Washington, some lobbies such as the Greek and Armenian lobbies opposed and tried to prevent it, but it is also a fact that there are lobbies that seriously support this, namely lobbies that support giving it to Turkey. We said we would not be in a conditional agreement. Why should we buy a product that we cannot use?

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Evaluating the point reached during the talks with the US officials regarding the S-400 and F-35s, Çavuşoğlu said:

“Our efforts to lift the CAATSA sanctions continue. We say directly to their faces that the USA has a double standard in this regard. For example, the sanctions against India have been lifted, they have been lifted correctly. It should be so. Because both India and the United States are trying to get rid of them. After all, in a country like India, he should be able to buy the product he wants from wherever he wants. He is not a NATO member anyway. Even if he is a NATO member, when he couldn’t get it from somewhere, let’s say the F-16 was like this and we couldn’t buy it. You know, we have our own work until we produce the planes. decision. Our efforts to fix this are continuing.”

Asked about the possibility of President Erdogan meeting with US President Joe Biden at the G20 Summit in Indonesia, Çavuşoğlu said, “There is no meeting planned at the moment, there are more until November, but generally, it is on such platforms that Mr. Biden and Mr. President will meet at NATO meetings or the G20. They have the opportunity to come together at previous summits, as well as in Rome. These kinds of talks happen, it’s normal, that is, it should happen.” said.

Regarding the UN Security Council reforms, Çavuşoğlu said:

“You know, there are G4 countries. Our understanding of reform is different with their request. They say that we should join the P5 instead of the P9. We should have the right to veto. So, will this solve the problem? The number of countries that can veto this system will increase… It makes the decision-making mechanism more difficult. Therefore, this does not solve the problem, on the contrary, it weakens the UN and the Security Council even more, and the UN Security Council cannot take decisions on anything, but if that’s what Biden means, we are not in line, but the UN Of course, we find the understanding that it needs to be reformed is correct, but our suggestion is that our President’s thoughts on the UN reform with the motto ‘The world is bigger than 5’, Turkey’s thoughts are different. Of course, criteria are determined according to the population of each country, they are studied according to size, geographical distribution, but On the other hand, the right of veto must be abolished. They have alternatives, qualified majority, that is, a decision can be taken with a two-thirds vote. Today, when a country says no, no decision is made. You say, let’s take it to the General Assembly from there, only the decision of the General Assembly is valid in some matters. Decisions taken on the platform where all countries vote are not valid. After all, everything depends on 5 countries. Our understanding of reform should be inclusive, veto should be lifted, and UN institutions, including the Security Council, should be more effective, have the capacity to take steps to meet expectations, be more visible, and meet expectations while also meeting the needs of solving problems.

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Stating that Turkey does not want to be involved in the G4 initiative on UN reforms because she finds it wrong, Çavuşoğlu said, “Our concern is not necessarily involving Turkey anywhere, and this is an initiative that has been started before, this is what we call the G4 in Japan, Germany, India and Brazil. After all. Now let’s say he joined the P10 in Turkey. Will this solve the problem? It won’t solve the problem as long as he has the right of veto. On the contrary, we say to the countries in those G4 ‘come, your approach is not correct, it will not solve the problem, you join us’.”

Asked about the news that CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will come to the USA, Çavuşoğlu said:

“It is quite normal. It is very natural for a main opposition party to have foreign contacts, what can be natural from this. As always, when we come to our missions abroad, both local administrators and representatives of political parties, including the members of our Supreme Assembly, if they have a request from us. we are doing what is necessary, as the institutions and missions of the state abroad. After all, especially when we look at foreign policy and other issues, the responsibility is of course the main responsibility, but the opposition also has a responsibility. The opposition has almost as much responsibility in Turkey’s national issues and main issues as the government. Whether Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu has contacts in America or in other countries, these are very natural.

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