The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has rejected the proposal put forward by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to make Turkey a mediator in Donbas settlement talks between Ukraine and Russia.

“There can be no talk of any mediating role of Turkey between Russia and Ukraine on resolving the internal Ukrainian conflict,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing.

At the same time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by Russian media, said that the presidents of Russia and Turkey could have a phone call on December 3, during which the issue of Ukraine could be raised. At the same time, according to Peskov, the Russian Federation hopes “Erdogan encourages Kyiv” to fulfill its obligations (in the Russian interpretation) regarding the Minsk-2 package of measures.