Complained about the “destructive line” of Kyiv: Putin spoke with Erdogan on the phone

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The presidents discussed the issue of the Russian-Ukrainian exchange of prisoners of war and exchanged views on the course of a full-scale war against Ukraine.

Related video < p>On Monday, January 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin.

As specified, during the conversation, the leaders of the states exchanged views on the course of a full-scale war against Ukraine.

At the same time, Putin complained to Erdogan about the “destructive line of the Kyiv regime,” the Kremlin press service emphasizes. According to the Russian leader, the Ukrainian side did not accept Moscow's proposal to “cease fire” for the celebration of Orthodox Christmas. According to the President of the Russian Federation, Kyiv allegedly relied on the “intensification of hostilities” with the support of Western partners, who only increase the volume of military equipment supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Among other things, the presidents discussed the issue of the Russian-Ukrainian exchange of prisoners of war, including including the wounded.

“In particular, on the initiative of the Turkish side and taking into account the recent contacts in Ankara, the commissioners of Russia and Ukraine for human rights, the issue of the exchange of prisoners, primarily the wounded, was raised,” the press release said. services.

The Turkish Anadolu agency, citing the Communications Department of the President of Turkey, in turn, writes that Erdogan once again offered Putin his mediation in the issue of peace negotiations with the Ukrainian side.

During the telephone conversation, the presidents also touched upon the topic implementation of the Istanbul agreements on the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports of the country.

“Both sides confirmed the mood for the further comprehensive development of Russian-Turkish cooperation,” the Kremlin press service added.

Interaction in the energy sector, including the supply of Russian gas and the creation of a gas hub in Turkey, was named a priority issue.

Today's negotiations between Erdogan and Putin are not the first in 2023. The presidents of Turkey and Russia have already managed to talk by phone on January 5.

On January 12, Turkish Ombudsman Sheref MalkoƧ said that Erdogan was going to discuss with Vladimir Zelensky and Vladimir Putin the opening of a humanitarian corridor for wounded prisoners of war.