Turkey and Poland Emphasize Ceasefire in Ukraine

NATO allies Turkey and Poland on Wednesday assured to accelerate diplomatic efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia to stop the war.

Poland President Andrzej Duda met in Turkish capital Ankara with his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and hailed Turkey for its efforts for peace in the region.

“Turkey is a very important state in the region. It has been making a lot of contributions and it plays a great role for peace,” TRT World quoted Duda as saying.

Duda said that during talks with Erdogan they discussed the “Russia-Ukraine” war among other important topics, calling on the international community to join efforts to establish peace in Ukraine.

Both the presidents also hailed bilateral ties between Turkey and Poland.     

“As two NATO allies, we have exchanged views on the Ukraine matter,” Erdogan said, adding he would continue his contacts on the “continuing war” at the upcoming NATO leaders summit in Brussels on March 24.

Erdogan said that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is currently in Russia as part of the government’s effort to achieve a ceasefire. Cavusoglu will go to Ukraine tomorrow (Thursday).

Cavusoglu flew to Moscow early Wednesday in a renewed attempt to mediate between Russia and Ukraine.

“Following Antalya, we are in Moscow to continue our diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Ukraine crisis,” Cavusoglu tweeted.

Turkey last week hosted a high-level meeting between Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Russia in Antalya since Russia’s invasion began on February 24. However, the meeting failed to bear any result, and the focal focus was to reach a ceasefire that didn’t happen.

Turkey, despite having good relations with Russia, condemned its attack on Ukraine, blocked some Russian warships from entering the Black Sea and also sold some weapons Kyiv.

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