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Erdogan reiterates call for ceasefire in conversation with Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his call for a ceasefire in Ukraine during a one-hour phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his call for a ceasefire in Ukraine during a one-hour phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During their discussion on Sunday, Erdogan had stressed again that Turkey was ready to contribute to a peaceful solution to the war, according to the presidential office.

Urgent steps were necessary to reach a ceasefire, the establishment of humanitarian corridors and the signing of a peace agreement, the Turkish leader said.

The NATO member state has close ties to both Russia and Ukraine. While Turkey condemns the Russian invasion in Ukraine, it hasn’t issued sanctions against Mosow.

According to the Kremlin, Putin briefed Erdogan on the progress of what he calls Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“It was underlined that the special operation is going according to plan and in line with the schedule,” a statement said. Russian forces would do everything to protect the lives and safety of peaceful citizens. According to the statement, they were conducting targeted attacks “exclusively against objects of military infrastructure.”

Putin also reiterated Russia’s readiness for dialogue with the Ukrainian government as well as with “foreign allies” with the aim of solving the conflict.

An end to the “special operation” would only be possible if Kiev stopped all fighting and complied with Russia’s demands, according to the statement.

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