Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Tuesday spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu and emphasized on the urgent need for a ceasefire in Ukraine for humanitarian reasons.
The ministry said in a statement that Akar told Shoigu that Turkey would continue efforts for regional peace and shipments of humanitarian aid.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Russian attack on Ukraine with his Austrian counterpart and the Dutch prime minister over the phone on Tuesday, assuring them of Turkey’s continued work toward an immediate ceasefire between the two sides.
The Communications Directorate in a statement said that Erdogan and Dutch premier Mark Rutte discussed regional developments and Turkey-Netherlands relations.
During the talks, both the leaders expressed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In his separate phone call with Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen, Erdogan informed him of Turkey’s tireless efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Kyiv and Moscow, reestablish peace, and improve the humanitarian situation in the region.
On Thursday morning, Russia began invading Ukraine, in which so far around 136 civilians, including 13 children, have been killed and 400 others, including 26 children injured, according to United Nations figures.
The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that around 660,000 other people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries.
Russia’s Ukraine invasion has also caused outrage among the international community following economic sanctions by the US, UK, and the European Union on Russia.
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