Turkey in Contact With Russia and Ukraine on Ceasefire Issue: Official

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday said that Ankara continues contacts with Russia and Ukraine to press on the ceasefire issues, just days after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who visited Turkey on Monday appealed for a ceasefire to open humanitarian corridors for civilian evacuations.

“We are also working on the evacuation of Turkish citizens from the war zones, and evacuation from Mariupol is expected (today or tomorrow),” Anadolu Agency quoted Cavusoglu in a short statement.

German Chancellor Scholz left Turkey back to Germany on Monday night after detailed discussions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

“We are in agreement on the issue of reaching a ceasefire as soon as possible,” Scholz told a joint news conference with Erdogan. “It must be ensured that necessary corridors are open for the evacuation of civilians,” Scholz added.

In the same press conference, Erdogan said that Turkey and Germany “will continue the efforts for a permanent ceasefire,” assuring Turkey’s unflinching efforts to bring together both the parties.

Last Thursday, Turkey hosted a meeting between foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia since Russia’s invasion on February 24. However, the meeting did not bear any fruit and ended without agreeing on a ceasefire.  

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