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All eyes on Turkiye hosting Russia, Ukraine high-level meeting on Thursday

The world is waiting for a high-level tripartite meeting between Turkiye, Russia, and Ukraine, which will take place on Thursday in southern Antalya province as part of Turkiye's efforts to mediate between the warring countries.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba on Monday, saying, "We will hold this meeting in a tripartite format in Antalya on Thursday, March 10."

He will attend the meeting since both leaders have requested his presence, the minister said, adding that it will bring high-level Russian and Ukrainian officials together for the first time since the war began on Feb. 24.

Expressing hope that the meeting would be a "turning point" and "important step" towards peace and stability, the Turkish foreign minister said Ankara will "continue to make efforts for a lasting peace."

Since Russia launched its attack on Ukraine, Turkiye has been participating in active diplomatic efforts to bring the relevant parties together, Cavusoglu said, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made 19 phone calls to his counterparts.

"I also made about 40 (phone) calls," the minister added.

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