The Turkish presidency said on Tuesday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call that maintaining the “positive momentum” achieved in the talks between Ukraine and Russia earlier this month in Istanbul would be in the interest of all parties.
Erdogan’s criticism of Biden
This comes just a day after Erdogan criticized US President Joe Biden for his statements on the 1915 events between the Ottomans and Armenians.
Turkey, a NATO member that shares a border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea, has good relations with the two countries and is mediating to resolve their dispute. It hosted two distinct round of talks between Ukraine and Russia and is pushing to host a summit between the presidents of the two countries.
“President Erdogan, who touched on the importance of achieving a ceasefire, effective humanitarian corridors and safe evacuations, indicated that Turkey will continue to do everything possible to stop the course of events that harm everyone and to ensure a pace lasting, “said the Turk the presidency said in a note.
He added that Erdogan also repeated the offer to host Russian and Ukrainian leaders for talks pace.
On Sunday, the Turkish president also spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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