Cyprus Mail
RussiaTurkeyUkraineWorld

Erdogan and Putin discuss improving ties, ending Ukraine war

file photo: russian president putin and turkish president erdogan meet in samarkand
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Friday with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about improving bilateral ties and he repeated Ankara’s willingness to do its part to peacefully resolve the war in Ukraine, Erdogan’s office said on Friday.

The latest developments in Ukraine, which Russia invaded earlier this year, were also discussed in the call, according to Turkey’s Directorate of Communications.

NATO member Turkey has close relations with both Ukraine and Russia and has sought to balance ties during the war, rejecting Western sanctions on Moscow while criticising the Russian invasion and supplying Kyiv with armed drones.

Along with the United Nations, Turkey brokered the July deal to unlock Ukrainian grain exports from its Black Sea ports, in what remains the only significant diplomatic breakthrough in the seven-month-old conflict.

Ankara’s relations with Russia are complex, with the two countries cooperating closely on energy supplies while being at odds over Syria, Libya and Azerbaijan.

Related Posts

UK crime agency arrests ‘wealthy Russian’ over money laundering

Reuters News Service

Beijing, Shenzhen loosen more Covid curbs as China fine-tunes policy

Reuters News Service

Biden not planning to speak to Putin for now, G7 agrees oil price cap

Reuters News Service

Biden weighs reviving Trump-era immigration restrictions, officials say

Reuters News Service

France to release 5 bln euros of SDRs to vulnerable countries under G20 programme

Reuters News Service

US whistleblower Snowden gets a Russian passport

Reuters News Service