Erdogan urges Putin to give talks a chance

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Erdogan called on Putin to give talks a chance

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated , which is ready to facilitate negotiations between Ukraine and Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today, September 29, held an announced telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Turkish presidential office reports that the conversation focused primarily on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Erdogan noted the successful exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine and the “grain deal” that Turkey worked out with the assistance of the UN. The Turkish President called for an extension of the agreement, which “is in the common interest.”

The Turkish leader also spoke of the need for steps “to reduce tensions” in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian war, stressing that “Russia is expected to take steps to facilitate this process, especially in the issue of accession of some regions of Ukraine”.

In addition, Erdogan reiterated that he is ready to facilitate negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, noting that they need to be given “one more chance”.

Earlier, the Turkish President assured that Ankara would not recognize Russia's illegal “referenda” in the occupied territories of Ukraine and considers Crimea to be Ukrainian territory.