Erdogan urges finish to warfare in Ukraine ‘as quickly as attainable’
- Turkish president tells assembly of SCO that Turkey was making diplomatic efforts to finish warfare.
- “We’re making efforts to finalise the battle in Ukraine via diplomacy as quickly as attainable,” Erdogan says.
- Turkey has been supplying weapons to Ukraine whereas making an attempt to spice up commerce with Russia throughout warfare.
SAMARKAND, UZBEKISTAN: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday informed a regional summit attended by Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he wished the warfare in Ukraine to finish “as quickly as attainable”.
Erdogan has been making an attempt to make use of his good working relations with Moscow to attempt to persuade Putin to carry direct ceasefire talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Turkey.
He informed a gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan that Turkey was making diplomatic efforts to finish the warfare.
“We’re making efforts to finalise the battle in Ukraine via diplomacy as quickly as attainable,” Erdogan stated.
Erdogan additionally echoed Putin’s concern that grain shipped out of Ukraine below a UN and Turkish-brokered settlement was not reaching sufficient growing international locations.
“We’re making honest efforts to ship the grain to those that want it most, particularly our brothers and sisters in Africa,” Erdogan stated.
Erdogan was attributable to maintain a non-public assembly with Putin on the sidelines of the Samarkand summit later Friday.
NATO member Turkey has been supplying weapons to Ukraine whereas making an attempt to spice up commerce with Russia through the warfare.
Erdogan argues that this “balanced” place is required due to Turkey’s heavy dependence on Russian vitality provides.