Turkish President Erdogan Calls on Russia for Unilateral Ceasefire in Ukraine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a unilateral ceasefire in Ukraine in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

“Calls for peace and negotiations” between Russia and Ukraine “must be reinforced by a unilateral ceasefire and a vision of a fair solution,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish and Russian presidents have spoken repeatedly since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began almost a year ago. This morning they spoke again on the phone.

In that conversation, Erdogan Putin called for a unilateral ceasefire. According to Erdogan, the “calls for peace and negotiations” between Russia and Ukraine should be supported by a “unilateral ceasefire” and a “vision of a fair solution”. Later in the day, Erdogan also met with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky.

Turkey has been acting as a kind of mediator throughout the war. The country maintains good relations with Russia and does not contribute to the sanctions against Russia, but on the other hand, supplies arms to Ukraine.

Among other things, Turkey played a key role in the prisoner exchange of September last year and in the grain agreement concluded under the supervision of the United Nations. The agreement allowed exports of Ukrainian grain to resume via the Black Sea and the Bosphorus.

Erdogan and Putin also discussed the situation in Syria. The “Kurdish terrorist militants” in the border area between Syria and Turkey are a thorn in Erdogan’s side. The Turkish president urged his Russian colleague to take concrete steps.

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