Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenski, in Lviv this week is at the center of world and regional politics.

In addition to the talks on urgent issues, the question of the prospects for ending the Russia-Ukraine war could not be avoided. Here the Turkish president showed his usual maneuverability – on the one hand he assured Ukraine in support of its independence and territorial integrity, and on the other, he expressed the hope that “the war will finally end at the negotiating table”.

No doubt, wars in modern history usually end with negotiations and peace. But what kind, that is the question. That it is by no means indifferent is taught by Turkey’s own recent history.