Turkey has declared interest in getting to mediate in the conflict which had been started over Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station which has been occupied by Moscow’s troops.
It has been reported that the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had mentioned this interest to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
Last month, Erdogan had also openly warned of the danger of a complete nuclear disaster when he visited Lviv for talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We are worried. We do not want another Chernobyl,” the Turkish leader had said.
There has also been some serious growing alarm over some of Europe’s largest nuclear plant, Zaporizhzhia, which had come under Russian control following their massive offensive against Ukraine.
Ukraine had on Friday also revealed that it had completely bombed a Russian base in the nearby town of Energodar, while they had been destroying some of the three artillery systems as well as an ammunition depot.
A 14-strong team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had also visited Zaporizhzhia, with the UN nuclear watchdog’s chief, Rafael Grossi, saying that the site had been damaged in fighting.
Turkey, which has friendly ties with both Moscow and Kyiv, has supplied Ukraine with drones and refused to join Western sanctions against Russia. Before meeting with Zelensky, Erdogan met with Putin in Sochi where the two countries pledged to boost their economic cooperation.
In another report, the outgoing United Nations rights chief, Michelle Bachelet has announced in a departing plea to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin that she wants him to stop Russia’s attack on Ukraine because of its “unimaginably terrifying” impact on civilians.
Bachelet, who would be stepping down at the end of the month has also marked the six months since the February 24 Russian invasion by insisting on accountability for serious rights violations in the conflict, some of which may also get to amount to war crimes, she said.