Erdogan Assures Zelenskyy of Diplomatic Efforts to End Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on late Wednesday spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy and assured continuation of Turkey’s diplomatic effort to end the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

During the talks, Erdogan told Zelennskyy that Ankara would try its best to bring together the leaders of Ukraine and Russia as “war does not benefit anyone”, a statement by the Presidency’s Directorate of Communications read.

Erdogan said that Turkey “will not step back” from continued efforts to establish a dialogue between both sides while stressing the importance of humanitarian corridors. 

Erdogan also told Zelenskyy that Ankara will do whatever it can to “achieve a permanent ceasefire” in immediate time.

Zelenskyy in a tweet said that he held talks with “a friend of Ukraine, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

“Reported on the progress of the Ukrainian people’s struggle against the ongoing aggression. Thankful for the important support. Ways to intensify peaceful dialogue were also discussed,” Zelenskyy tweeted with an hashtag “#StopRussia”.

On February 24 Russia invaded Ukraine that led to outrage among the international community, following strong condemnations and sanctions.

The world powers slapped sanctions on Moscow as part of pressure to force Russia stop the brutal invasion that so far took the lives of at least 726 civilians while 1,174 others received injuries.

According to the United Nations, another 3 million Ukrainians have been displaced and taken refugees to neighboring countries.


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