Erdogan offers creating joint investigation commission after speaking with Zelenskyy and Putin about Kakhovka dam explosion
The President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, believes that Ukraine should investigate the June 6 Kakhovka HPP explosion together with Russia
He said this to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during a telephone conversation, Erdogan's office reports.
According to the Turkish leader, a group of experts from Ukraine, Turkey, the UN, the international community, and Russia might form a commission to “thoroughly investigate the explosion at the Kakhovka dam.”
Erdogan expressed Turkey's willingness to support the investigation and engage in negotiations. "As the conflicts continue, it will not be possible to prevent the human losses that occur every day, and therefore the idea of returning to negotiations should prevail. We will resolutely continue our efforts to establish a just peace," the Turkish president's office said in a statement.
After speaking with Zelenskyy, Erdogan decided to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin, as reported by his office.
The message conveyed that President Erdogan emphasized the need for a “comprehensive investigation into the Kakhovka dam explosion that leaves no room for doubt”. Additionally, Erdogan discussed the potential establishment of a joint commission involving experts from Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey.
The politicians also addressed the necessity of removing obstacles to the export of Russian grain and fertilizers.
Meanwhile, in his evening address on June 7, Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented a slightly different perspective on the conversation with Erdogan.
Zelenskyy informed Erdogan about the situation in the flooded areas, ongoing rescue operations, and the urgent needs for assistance. They also discussed the risks posed to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which remains under the control of the occupiers. There is an agreement with the head of the IAEA to enhance the work of IAEA representatives at the plant. However, complete security cannot be achieved as long as the occupiers remain, highlighting the essential task of liberating Ukraine from occupation.
On June 6, the Russian occupying forces deliberately destroyed the Kakhovka HPP. The evacuation of residents from hazardous areas has begun, and the President of Ukraine has convened an emergency meeting of the Security and Defense Council. For more information on the developments of June 6, follow the provided link.